When can hotels reopen in Scotland?

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Over recent weeks, several lockdown restrictions have been eased in Scotland. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Tuesday that some travel restrictions will be eased from Friday and the “stay local” message will finally end. More people will also be able to meet up outdoors, with the limit increasing to six adults.

Although lockdown measures are finally starting to ease in Scotland, Ms Sturgeon has faced criticism from her political opponents over the speed lockdown measures are being eased.

Some have argued the lockdown measures should be eased faster in Scotland as Covid cases have dropped, to help support businesses as well as people’s wellbeing.

Daily testing figures for Thursday show there were 237 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Scotland and one death.

Data published on April 14 shows COVID-19 cases in Scotland have decreased in the last three weeks.

The analysis also showed COVID-19 deaths decreased by 11 percent in the last week.

Scottish Conservatives leader Douglas Ross said the proposed date of May 17 for the indoor reopening of pubs, restaurants and cinemas should be brought forward.

Mr Ross said: “Nicola Sturgeon yesterday accepted our case for a faster lifting of restrictions.

“We now need to see action to get gyms and our hospitality businesses safely opened earlier.

“The encouraging public health data is clear that we should go further, faster.

“Three weeks earlier might not seem like a long time but for a business waiting on grants from the SNP, with no cash coming in, it’s an age.

“Jobs are on the line and more businesses are going under every day.

“We must start rebuilding Scotland now and focus all our efforts on protecting jobs and our economic recovery.”

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When can hotels reopen in Scotland?

Self-contained accommodation has already been allowed to reopen in England this month.

However, hotels and other tourist accommodation remain shut under Scotland’s current lockdown measures.

Tourist accommodation in Scotland, which includes hotels and self-catering venues, may be able to reopen on April 26.

However, whether hotels are permitted to reopen on this date will be dependent on the data.

Nicola Sturgeon has suggested April 26 could be the date travel rules between Scotland and the rest of the UK could be eased.

If this is the case, domestic holidays around the UK could once again be a possibility.

This date could also see indoor hospitality businesses reopen for up to four people from two different households to visit.

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