Advice below is from Sports Scotland and the Scottish Surfing Federation.

 

The First Minister on Tuesday provided an update to Parliament on COVID-19 and related restrictions. The statement provided further detail on the planned easing of restrictions during April and May and included a significant number of changes. The dates are dependent on the suppression of the virus and the continued rollout of the vaccine.

Scottish Government has also now published a new Coronavirus (COVID-19): timetable for easing restrictions document.

The key indicative dates most relevant to the sport sector are:

  • 2 April  Stay local Stay at home measures become stay local – people can travel within local authority area for a non-essential purpose.
  • 5 April  For 12-17 year olds Outdoor contact sport can resume.
  • 12 April (or end of Easter holidays)  Schools All pupils go back to school full-time.
  • 26 April (Described as a move to a modified level 3 for mainland Scotland.)
    • Gyms Gyms can open for individual exercise (NB: Scottish Government has previously used ‘gyms’ to refer to indoor sports facilities generally).
    • Outdoor gatherings For 12 to 17 year olds – up to 6 people from 6 households can socialise outdoors. For adults – up to 6 adults from 3 households can socialise outdoors.
    • Domestic travel All travel restrictions will be lifted in mainland Scotland. Scottish Government will consult with island communities on the need for any continued restrictions in travel to the islands and hopes to lift restrictions on travel to the rest of the UK and Ireland on or soon after 26 April.
    • Accommodation Tourist accommodation can open with restrictions in place.
    • Retail & close contact services All shops and close contact services can re-open.
    • Hospitality Hospitality venues like cafes, pubs and restaurants can open until: 8p.m. indoors (no alcohol) 10p.m. outdoors (alcohol permitted). Up to 4 people from 2 households can socialise indoors in a public place such as a café or restaurant.
    • Shielding People on the shielding list can return to work; children and young people on the shielding list can return to school or nursery; and students on the shielding list can return to college or university.
    • Islands Possible move from current level 3 restrictions to level 2 restrictions.
  • 17 May (Described as a move to level 2.)
    • Outdoor sport Outdoor adult contact sport can resume.
    • Indoor group exercise Indoor group exercise can resume. (NB: This appears to be distinct from indoor non-contact sport. See Early June.)
    • Indoor gatherings Up to 4 people from 2 households can socialise indoors in a private home or public space.
    • Hospitality Hospitality venues can remain open until: 10:30p.m. indoors (alcohol permitted, 2 hour dwell time) 10:00p.m outdoors (alcohol permitted).
    • Spectator events Small-scale outdoor and indoor events can resume subject to capacity constraints.
    • Further & Higher Education Universities and colleges can return to a more blended model of learning.
  • Early June (Described as a move to level 1.)
    • Indoor non-contact sport Indoor non-contact sport can take place.
    • Gatherings Up to 6 people from up to 3 households can socialise indoors in a home or public place. Up to 8 people from 3 households can socialise outdoors. For 12-17 year olds, up to 8 people from 8 households can meet socially outdoors.
    • Hospitality Hospitality venues can remain open until 11pm.
    • Events Attendance at events can increase in numbers subject to capacity constraints.
  • Late June (Described as a move to level 0.)
    • Events Attendance at events can increase in numbers subject to capacity constraints.
    • Offices A phased return of some office staff.

We recognise the detail above shows positive progress and provides us with an indicative timeline for the relaxation of restrictions to allow the return to sport. Some of the information will require further discussion with Scottish Government to confirm the exact implications for sport. We will systematically work through this, focusing on the key points aligned to the transition dates and issue updated guidance in due course.

Mark Boyd
Secretary
Scottish Surfing Federation
Tel: +44 (0)7977867485
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