Posted: Fri 19th Jun 2020
New lockdown easing measures announced this week include the reopening of most shops in Scotland on 29 June and hairdressers in Northern Ireland on 6 July.
Speaking in the Scottish parliament, first minister Nicola Sturgeon said the change applies to all shops with outdoor entrances and exits. A date has not yet been confirmed for the reopening of indoor shopping centres.
Other businesses allowed to reopen on 29 June in Scotland are indoor workplaces such as factories, warehouses, labs and research facilities as well as zoos and gardens which can welcome local customers from within five miles.
In Northern Ireland, deputy first minister Michelle O'Neill announced that hairdressers, barbers and nail salons can reopen in Northern Ireland on 6 July if appropriate safety measures in place.
Earlier this week, the Northern Ireland Executive also confirmed that caravan parks, camping sites and self-catering tourist accommodation can reopen on 26 June and the following can reopen on 3 July:
other tourist accommodation
restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, pubs and bars to sell food and alcohol on a table service basis. Pubs and bars with outside spaces can serve alcohol via table service
hotel restaurants, bars and outdoor areas, but not spas and leisure facilities at hotels
The Welsh government has announced that non-essential retailers can reopen on 22 June.
Ministers also said that the current requirement to lift the requirement to stay local will be lifted on 6 July, provided the conditions allow, so people will be able to travel to tourist attractions across Wales.
At its next review on 9 July, the Welsh government said it will consider options for opening self-contained holiday accommodation and personal care services, such as hairdressing and beauty, by appointment.
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