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Daily Record|July 13, 2020

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Open For Business
Trims, treats and trips - but keep your distance
John Dingwall

Scots are gearing up to go back to the future this week as lockdown loosening sees a return to a more normal way of life.

A raft of changes to the guidelines is set to be launch`ed today – albeit with social distancing in full swing.

Haircuts, a drink in a pub or dinner in a restaurant, and a stroll around a mall are all going to be allowed.

Opticians and dentists can offer more services, while pregnant women can have two people with them at the birth and partners can accompany them to appointments.

Young people can also return to outdoor sports, activities and play.

From Wednesday, Scots will be able to enjoy drinks and meals in pubs, restaurants and cafes indoors, with a one-meter social distance restriction in place.

Last night, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon urged people not to become complacent.

She said: “Progress still good – but with significant easing of lockdown next week, we all must take care. Stay safe.”

Tourism will be given a much-needed boost as Scots are allowed staycations.

Many galleries, museums, cinemas and hairdressers are also reopening.

Scottish Tourism Alliance chief executive Marc Crothall said: “This allows many more businesses to open up their doors, including a lot of our visitor attractions.

“It’s not quite normality because a lot of sectors are still closed, such as the night-time venues, and not all of the businesses will be opening on the 15th.

“We are looking forward to welcoming guests from Scotland and further afield.

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July 13, 2020