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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced last week that lockdown easing in Scotland would be paused for three weeks.

Rather than go ahead with a relaxation of rules on June 28, the current situation will remain in place until July 19.

The plan is for all of Scotland to move to Level Zero on that date and to remove all remaining major restrictions on August 9, although a return to full office working will be phased in rather than take place immediately.

Large parts of the country moved into Level One earlier in June, and some islands went down to Level Zero. However, many parts of the central belt are in Level Two, where there are stricter limits.

Retail services, galleries and museums have been open for some time in Scotland but restrictions remain on events.

At Level Zero, indoor events are permitted with a maximum capacity of 400 people and outdoor free-standing events are permitted with a maximum capacity of 1000.

At Level One, indoor events can have a maximum capacity of 200 while outdoor free-standing events can take place with up to 500.

At Level Two, the numbers are 100 and 250 respectively.

The delay in Scotland comes after other parts of the UK had also delayed easing of some restrictions, effectively delaying the return of larger events while retail, galleries and museums remain open.


England is currently at Step Three of its roadmap, with Step Four delayed from June 21 to July 19. Currently, indoor events can have a maximum of 1000 people or 50% of the venue capacity. Outdoor events can have 4000 people or 50% of venue capacity.

In Step Four larger events are permitted.


Wales is moving from alert Level Two to Level One, the least restrictive.

Some changes were announced on June 21 but so was a four-week pause to any further relaxation of the rules. The next lockdown review will now be on July 15.

From Monday, June 7, regulated events in the principality (on the permitted list are car boot sales and fetes) are allowed outdoors with up to 4000 people standing.

NI and Ireland

On June 17 in Northern Ireland a relaxation of some rules was put back until July 5, subject to review on July 1.

Currently indoor gatherings are allowed but to determine the maximum number of people permitted to attend, a risk assessment must be carried out. Indoor gatherings of 15 people or fewer do not need a risk assessment.

At outdoor gatherings up to 500 people can attend. An increase in these numbers is likely as part of any changes on July 5.

Over the EU border in the Republic of Ireland, which has operated a longer and stricter lockdown regime than any part of the UK, gradual easing is under way.

From June 7 organised outdoor events have been able to take place with a maximum of 100 attendees for the majority of venues. There is a maximum of 200 people permitted for outdoor venues with a minimum accredited capacity of 5000. This move had come after museums, galleries, click and collect services (May 10) and non-essential retail (May 17) had reopened in the previous month.

From July 5, subject to review, indoor events can have a maximum of 50 attendees at the majority of venues, with 100 allowed in larger venues.

Outdoor events will be allowed a maximum of 200 attendees for the majority of venues, with 500 people permitted at outdoor venues with a minimum accredited capacity of 5000.

Further increases in the numbers permitted at indoor and outdoor events are under consideration for August.