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Phase three: New key dates

Published date : 20 August, 2020

More key dates for easing lockdown were announced today including the restaring of driving lessons and the reopening of indoor gyms.

Below is a summary of the key dates announced, but for more in-depth information please read the advice issued by the Scottish Government.

With effect from Monday 24 August-


  • Outdoor contact sports (all ages) can resume following guidance of relevant sports bodies.
  • Outdoor seated live events and outdoor open space live events – with physical distancing, enhanced hygiene, and restricted numbers – following guidance. Work will be undertaken with the sector on options for larger pilot events.
  • Driving lessons can resume – following guidance.
  • Child contact centres can re-open following guidance.
  • Face-to-face advice services, including Citizens Advice, can resume – following guidance.
  • Bingo halls can re-open with physical distancing and following guidance.
  • Amusement arcades and casinos can re-open following guidance (incl. enhanced hygiene).
  • Snooker/pool halls and indoor bowling can re-open – following guidance (incl. enhanced hygiene).
  • Funfairs – both static and travelling – can re-open, following guidance.

With effect from Monday 31 August


  • Gyms (indoor) can re-open – following guidance.
  • Swimming pools can re-open – following guidance.
  • Indoor sports courts can reopen – following guidance, incl. skating, dance studios: Children (0-12) years can resume all activity; adults and young people (12+) can resume non-contact activity only.
  • Indoor activities for children and young people (unregulated) can resume subject to guidance that will vary by activity. Indoor youth work can resume for young people in line with guidance.

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