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26 April: Non-essential retailers in Scotland given possible re-opening date

GlasgowNon-essential retailers in Scotland could be able to re-open from 26 April, but will be able to resume click and collect earlier.

The Scottish Parliament was told that under the third phase of the re-opening plan, click and collect could resume from 5 April, depending on the impact of the pandemic.

Three weeks later non-essential stores could be able to re-open and non-essential work allowed in people’s home. 

The plans will be reviewed in mid-March.

Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister says the Scottish Government would continue to support businesses and is considering ‘tapered support’ for businesses that may still face trading restrictions and reduced demand, even if they are allowed to re-open.

‘We will also ensure that when local authority areas move out of level 4, businesses which are allowed to reopen will continue to receive payments from the fund for at least the next four weeks as they transition back to trading more normally,’ she says.

Yesterday the Prime Minister said non-essential retailers in England might be able to open from 12 April.