Here are the key dates to look out for as Scotland lifts its coronavirus lockdown.

2 April

Scotland’s “stay at home” rule in effect across the mainland and many islands will be lifted, and replaced by “stay local” guidance for at least three weeks.

5 April

More college and university students can return to campuses and in-person teaching, as can contact sports for 12- to 17-year-olds; garden centres, hairdressers and barbers, car salesrooms and homeware stores can reopen, with non-essential shops allowed to start click and collect services.

26 April

Covid restrictions across Scotland expected to move from level 4 at present to level 3, with most islands moving down to level 2. All travel restrictions on mainland Scotland will be lifted, but some controls on travelling to islands or the rest of the UK may remain in force.

All shops will reopen, and, subject to restrictions on indoor dining, will hotels, B&Bs, libraries, museums and galleries. Cafes, bars and restaurants can serve food and alcohol outdoors until 10pm, with food and non-alcohol drinks allowed indoors until 8pm for up to four people from two households.

Limits on numbers at funerals and weddings will rise to 50, while six people from three households will be allowed to meet outdoors.

17 May

Areas of Scotland in level 3 will move down to level 2, which should allow small groups of four adults from two households to meet indoors.

Adult outdoor contact sports and indoor group exercises can restart, as can cinemas, bingo halls and amusement arcades. Outdoor and indoor events will gradually resume, with capacity limits due to be announced later.

Early June

All of Scotland will move down to level 1, and to level 0, the lowest of Scotland’s five tiers, by the end of June.

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