CORONAVIRUS lockdown rules have changed today with travel across Britain allowed for the first time since Christmas.

Scotland has moved from Level 4 to Level 3 of the Scottish Government’s five tiers of restrictions – meaning travel between Scotland, England and Wales is now permitted.

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People living in England have been able to travel to Wales since April 12 but today’s announcement means people can freely go north of the border too.

Each UK nation has eased Covid restrictions at their own pace and each government has implemented different lockdown rules throughout the pandemic.

Even when the stay-at-home order was relaxed in England last month, people were still prevented from visiting loved ones in Scotland and Wales.

But due to the success of the vaccine rollout – with more than 12million Brits given both jabs – Scotland has now opened its borders to people in England and Wales.

In Scotland, up to six people from two households can now socialise indoors in a public place, such as a cafe or restaurant.

Hospitality venues like cafes, pubs and restaurants can open until 8pm indoors – but without alcohol. They can serve customers outdoors with alcohol, subject to local licensing laws.

Gyms and swimming pools can open for individual exercise, while all shops, stores and close contact services can open.

Tourist accommodation can open with restrictions in place and driving lessons and tests can resume.

Non-essential work inside people’s homes – such as painting, decorating or repairing – can now take place.

Funerals and weddings – including post-funeral events and receptions – will be allowed to take place with up to 50 people, and alcohol is permitted.

Indoor attractions and public buildings such as galleries, museums and libraries can open.

Adults on the shielding list can return to the workplace if they cannot work from home, while children who have been shielding can go back to school.



 

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