Coronavirus: hairdressers and garden centres reopen

People are returning to hairdressers and barbers for the first time in several months as Scotland's coronavirus restrictions continue to ease.

Garden centres, homeware stories and some other non-essential retail outlets can also reopen today, while click-and-collect services are allowed to welcome customers back.

Meanwhile, outdoor contact sport for 12 to 17-year-olds can resume, while some college students are also allowed to return to in-person teaching.

It comes after Scotland's stay at home message was lifted on Friday, to be replaced with an instruction to stay local.

Later this month, all children will return to full-time schooling - with many having been learning from home since the Christmas break.

Then on April 26, significant parts of the economy will reopen. This includes gyms and swimming pools, hospitality outdoors (with alcohol) and indoors (without alcohol), libraries, museums and galleries, and tourist accommodation.

On that date - depending on the prevalence of the virus - up to six people from three households will be allowed to gather outside, while 12 to 17-year-olds will be allowed to meet outdoors in groups of six from up to six households.

There are also plans to remove restrictions on travel within Scotland at that date - allowing people to be able to leave their council area and move across the country again.

From that date, all other shops will be able to reopen and people can start having work done in their homes again, while non-essential childcare will be permitted and driving lessons can resume.

Weddings and funerals for up to 50 people will also be able to take place, without alcohol being sold.

The Scottish Government says a ban on in-home socialising will be kept under review, but is unlikely to be allowed until after this date.

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