Scotland: April 26 is the day

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This afternoon, the Scottish government announced that from April 26th, the travel ban will be lifted in Scotland.

Orkney as seen from the Caithness coastline. Both might be open for us to visit after April 26th

You will still only be able to travel within Scotland but that is better than the “stay at home” and “stay local rules” that have been in place.

You won’t be able to travel overseas until at least May 17th but at least that brings Scotland and England in line together. Northern Ireland and Wales should follow suit so that there remains no confusion on when we can have an overseas holiday again.

There will now be pressure on other home nations to work to the same date for intra-UK travel.

Up until the 2nd of April the stay at home order remains in place and then between the 2nd and the 26th people must stay within their local authority areas.

From 26th of April, tourist accommodation will re-open and it is unclear whether this will include hotels, B&B’s and guesthouses or just those places that can offer self-contained accommodation.travel across all the four nations and the Common Travel Area (Ireland, Channel Island, Isle of Man) can resume from the same day or as soon as possible afterwards.

Museums and galleries will also be allowed to open as from the same day.

Live events are set to return in Scotland from the middle of May so the Edinburgh festivals will be on as well as events like the Hebridean Celtic Festival and the Largs Viking Festival. Numbers may be limited and social distancing might have to be followed but at least this is a start of a return to normality.

I would imagine a lot of music, festival and local organisers are poring over every word Sturgeon said in order to decide whether they can safely plan their events for this year or whether it is too late to pull something out of the hat.

Up until the 2md of April the stay at home order remains in place and then between the 2nd and the 26th people must stay within their local authority areas.

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