SCOTS will be able to get a haircut, travel, and have larger weddings ahead of people in England, it was revealed today, piling pressure on the PM to act quicker.
Nicola Sturgeon outlined more detail for Scotland’s roadmap back to normal today – with some major differences compared to Boris Johnson’s plans.
Easing lockdown is a matter for devolved governments meaning the rules are different for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
This afternoon the Scottish leader brought forward a range of dates for when the nation will finally be allowed to reopen after months shut.
The First Minister said today that while she hopes to be able to lift the stay-at-home order and open retail and hospitality at different points next month, work was still required to ensure cases did not soar again
She said: “This is certainly the most hopeful I have felt about the situation for a long time.
“However, as you would expect, I do need to add a note of caution.
“I know this is the bit none of us want to hear, but the route back to normality does depend on continued suppression.”
The First Minister added: “We must continue to suppress it to the lowest level possible.”
Shaggy-haired Scots will be able to get a long-awaited trim from April 5 – more than a week before others in England reopen on April 12.
Wales opened up its salons last Monday, but Northern Ireland has yet to set an exact date.
Weddings of up to 50 people are expected from April 26, but the PM hasn’t yet said when that many people can attend south of the border.
From April 12 in England Brits will be able to get hitched in a group of up to 15, and there will be a max of 30 allowed from May 17 onwards.
At the moment only people who are dying or have exceptional circumstances are allowed to get married in a very small ceremony.
Meanwhile, travel restrictions within Scotland are expected to be lifted from April 26, but this isn’t expected in England until May 17, when internal travel will be allowed.
There will also be indoor opening of hospitality from April 26, limited initially to food and non-alcoholic drinks until 8pm.
But people in England will have to wait until May 17 to have a meal indoors, under the PM’s plan.