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COVID-19 Planned Easing of Trader Restrictions

Updated: 19 March 2021

The Scottish Government has outlined the plan to ease restrictions

To read the full guidance, go to the Scottish Government website.

The following sections are taken from the Scottish Government website to help provide clarity for our members.
  • 2 April - lifting the ‘Stay at Home’ requirement and replacing it with a ‘Stay Local’ message (retaining the current, local authority-based travel restrictions for at least a three-week period)
  • 5 April - Assuming the data supports the decision at the time, then there will be an easing of restrictions in level 4 areas (currently all of mainland Scotland), including:
    • reopening of non-essential ‘click and collect’ retail
    • extending the list of retail permitted to include:
    • garden centres (indoor and outdoor)
    • key cutting shops
    • mobility equipment shops
    • electrical repair shops
    • homeware shops
    • vehicle showrooms (appointment only) and forecourts
  • 26 April - assuming the data supports the decision at the time, then restrictions are expected to be significantly reduced, including:
    • travel within all of mainland Scotland permitted (subject to other restrictions that remain in place)
    • remaining shops can reopen and mobile close contact services can resume
    • work in people’s homes to resume
  • June - From June the Scottish Government is planning to release the remaining restrictions, but based on the data at the time
This advice is provided as an interpretation of the guidance set down by the Scottish Government. This page will be updated as the situation continues to evolve, or more clarification is required.

Some of this information is speculative and dependant on the specific data at the time, such as any increase in infection rates or other factors. Always refer to the Scottish Government website for the latest information:

But this should bring some reassurance to members unable to work during the pandemic, that better times are approaching.

From 31 May 2021, The Scotland Trusted Trader network, in conjunction with SCOTSS Trading Standards and all of the Councils that make up the Trusted Trader network, will be launching a post Covid marketing campaign across Radio and Social Media. The aim is to help drive awareness to consumers about using Trusted Traders and to help combat the rise of unscrupulous or unlicensed traders that has increased during the Pandemic.

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