On Monday, England is preparing to end all legal, social and economic restrictions linked to the Covid, thus clearly breaking with Scotland.
While in the south sites closed since the start of the pandemic, such as nightclubs, are expected to reopen, Scotland is taking a more measured approach to reopening.
Nicola Sturgeon announced on Monday that all of Scotland will be upgraded to a ‘modified’ level 0.
While this marks major changes, there will still be significant restrictions on social contact for Scots.
Here are all the differences between Scotland and England as the latter enters its ‘Freedom Day’.
The current rule in England, which states that people must maintain a distance of one meter and more from people in other households, will be lifted – except in specific situations such as after testing positive for Covid-19 and in cases of airports.
In Scotland, the one-meter social distancing between different households will remain in all indoor and outdoor public places.
However, distancing between family and friends will not be required in indoor private homes.
From Monday, previous rules which dictated that face coverings should be worn in public places such as shops will be lifted in England, and individuals will instead be asked to “exercise personal responsibility”.
The government will also remove the requirement to wear face masks on public transport.
However, face coverings will always be highly recommended in all public spaces.
In Scotland, as for Nicola Sturgeon, face covering will continue to be compulsory in shops and on public transport “not just now but, in all likelihood, for some time to come”.
Pubs, cafes and restaurants
Hospitality venues in Scotland will be subject to a 12 noon curfew as part of the new ‘modified’ level 0 changes – there were previously no restrictions on closing times at level 0 – and cover them -Faces will always be required, except when seated to eat or drink.
In England, however, there will be no restrictions placed on cafes, restaurants or pubs, meaning more limits on the number of households that can get together and no social distancing requirements – as well as an end to scanning QR codes. .
Face coverings will be recommended – but not required by law – especially in small rooms with poor ventilation.
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Nightclubs will be allowed to open for the first time since March 2020 in England from July 19 at midnight.
Nightlife venues in England will not be required by law to require a negative Covid test before entering or to impose social distancing, but have been urged to enforce the former.
Scottish nightclubs and other nightlife venues will not be allowed to open under Level 0 restrictions, and the Scottish government has given no indication of when this could potentially happen – although August 9 marks the end social distancing rules which is one of them. potential date.
Work at home
In Scotland, people will be asked to continue working from home to the extent possible at level 0.
The UK government has taken a more lax approach in England, saying it “will no longer be necessary” to work from home after July 19.
Music and sports festivals
After July 19, large-scale music festivals and sporting events can take place as before March 2020.
Boris Johnson, however, encouraged sites to require a negative test result before entry to limit the spread of the virus.
In Scotland there will still be limits on the size of outdoor gatherings, but these will be increased to 2,000 and 1,000 for sit and stand events respectively.
With distancing restrictions set to continue, many music festivals in Scotland have been forced to cancel.
Weddings and funerals
In Scotland, from Monday, up to 200 people will be allowed to attend weddings and funerals.
Weddings and funerals in England, however, will return to normal, with no restrictions on the number of people who can attend.
International travel to Scotland and England will always be severely restricted and determined by the countries on their respective Green, Orange and Red lists.
Travel within and between Scotland and England will be permitted without any restrictions.
Concerts and other indoor events
After upgrading to level 0, the limit for indoor events will be 400 in Scotland.
With the 12-hour curfew and the application of a one-meter distance, this severely restricts indoor concerts.
In England there will be no restrictions on concerts and other indoor events from Monday.
As with nightclubs and pubs, venues will be encouraged to curb the spread of the virus by introducing measures such as requiring a negative test to enter – but they won’t be forced to do so.