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01 Apr 2021

More shops allowed to reopen in Scotland from Monday

A wider variety of shops will be able to reopen in Scotland from April 5, the country's government announced today.

The Scottish Government has published amended legislation and revised guidance for the retail industry ahead of the opening of garden centres and homeware stores on April 5, and all remaining stores on April 26.

The most immediate change is for Level Four restrictions which now allow for baby equipment shops, electrical goods shops, for the purpose of repairs, garden centres and plant nurseries, homeware shops, and premises, or an area within premises, laid out as a showroom to demonstrate products for installation in a residential property, such as kitchen, bathroom, furniture or glazing showrooms; to be reopened.

The new regulations can be found here

The Scottish Government will also be publishing a updated checklist for retailers in which the key changes will be:

  • There is updated guidance on the need to maintain/enhance ventilation in store.
  • All retailers can now offer click and collect services. However – presumably for the next three weeks - retailers should only offer ‘staggered appointments’ for collection, and products can only be collected in store if a retailer is permitted to open.
  • The guidance provides clarity on deliveries to homes 
  • For the foreseeable future the Scottish Government continues to expect businesses to manage 2m distancing in store.

More from the Scottish Government here

Additional Guidance and Resources