Sturgeon announced the lifting of some restrictions, in Scotland’s roadmap out of lockdown
Here is when restrictions could be lifted for shops and what shops will reopen.
When can non-essential shops reopen?
Sturgeon stated non-essential stores could reopen from 26 April, however the initial phase of reopening will see mainland Scotland placed under level three restrictions.
All dates will be a ‘no sooner than’ guideline, as every date on the roadmap relies on the Covid infection rate continuing to fall.
From 5 April, retail restrictions will begin to ease with the return of click and collect services.
From 26 April, non-essential shops should be able to reopen under level three guidelines.
Ms Sturgeon said: “[From April 5] we will begin the re-opening of retail. This will start with an extension of the definition of essential retail and the removal of restrictions on click-and collect.
“And then, 3 weeks after that as I indicated earlier – so from 26 April assuming the data allows it – we will move back to levels, with hopefully all of Scotland moving to level 3, albeit with some possible modifications.
“At that stage, we will begin to re-open the economy and society in the more substantial way that we are all so longing for.”
Along with non-essential retail, hairdressers, gyms and salons will also reopen.
Since lockdown began on Boxing Day, only essential stores such as those selling food, pet supplies and medicine, as well as post offices, fuel stations and DIY stores have remained open.
All other non-essential shops have been closed – including retail, toy shops, homeware and electronic goods stores.
This approach was taken across all four nations of the UK, and businesses across the country were forced to close down their stores and only trade online.
What stores will reopen after lockdown?
As lockdown eases, non-essential shops will be allowed to reopen. This includes:
Market stalls selling any non-essential items will also be allowed to reopen.
What rules are likely to be in place when shops reopen?
While the First Minister said some changes to the tiered structure could be made prior to stores reopening, level three restrictions will largely be in place when shops reopen until a review of easing further restrictions is announced.
Rules such as mask wearing in shops, shopping centres and fitting rooms remaining closed are likely to be reintroduced. We might also see numbers in shops being limited so queues could be necessary outside shops.
The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) has commented previously that in general non-essential retail is ‘low risk’ when social distancing measures are in place and face masks are worn.