Council Leader welcomes Phase 3 of route map

Council Leader welcomes Phase 3 of route map Image

The leader of Dundee City Council today welcomed the easing of restrictions following confirmation from the Scottish Government that the country can enter the third phase of its route map.

Throughout these gradual changes, physical distancing and hygiene measures will remain in place, and the safety of staff and citizens will be paramount.

The changes from the national guidance include non-essential shops in shopping centres being able to re-open to the public from Monday 13th July, with physical distancing measures in place.

Additionally, it was announced that all hairdressers and barbers will be allowed to resume business from Wednesday 15th July, with enhanced hygiene measures. Beauticians and tailors will be able to re-open to the public from Wednesday 22nd July.

Indoor pubs, restaurants and cafés can resume trading from Wednesday (15th July), with the appropriate physical distancing rules and guidance to be followed. Museums, galleries and libraries, will be able to re-open on the same day.

From today (July 10th), face coverings are compulsory for visitors to shops, and will continue to be mandatory on public transport.

Dundonians are being encouraged to keep to left pavements where possible in busy areas such as shopping districts in order to maintain a safe and orderly system for people to navigate the area.

Residents are reminded to look out for signage and ground markings when re-visiting Dundee’s hospitality, tourism and retail businesses.

Council Leader John Alexander said: “It is very encouraging that we are now at this point. A lot of hard work has allowed the city to start to safely re-open in this way.

“A lot of changes are happening but it is important we don’t get complacent. The new normal of wearing face coverings in shops is something we’ll all have to get on board with for the safety of ourselves and others.

“I welcome back Dundonians and visitors to the city centre and our shopping districts but it is paramount we stay safe at all times.”

Funerals, marriage ceremonies and civil partnership registrations were also highlighted in the Phase 3 changes to take place from Wednesday (15th July), with attendees being required to physical distance at all times.

Places of worship can reopen for communal prayer, congregational services and contemplation – but with restrictions on numbers, singing and chanting.

It was also announced that greater easing on the number of households that can meet at any one time, from today. Non-shielding households were told they can meet up to fifteen individuals from four other households, outdoors, at one time. While indoors, this is reduced to two households meeting another at one time, with up to 8 people in total.

The total number of different households an individual can now meet per day is four, however this does not apply to anyone under 18, where there is no limit.

Additional announcements for young people and families were made, including that children aged 11 or under no longer need to physically distance indoors. However, young people aged between 12 and 17 years old will need to continue to do so.

Families received the news that non co-habiting partners, with children under the age of 18, can form extended households without the need to physically distance.

Councillor Alexander added: “This is great news for the families from different households who have had to stay apart for so long.

“The announcement is very much welcomed and will undoubtedly have a positive effect for individuals who can now have more social interaction again and for children to see their friends in a more familiar setting.”

Further detail of the changes during Phase 3 of lockdown can be found on the Scottish Government website.

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