Covid in Scotland: Hairdressers to reopen on 5 April as rules ease

Hairdressers and garden centres will be allowed to reopen in Scotland from 5 April, days after the “stay at home” lockdown order will be lifted.

People will still have to stay inside their own local authority areas until 26 April, when the travel ban will be lifted within Scotland.

That date will also see all shops, gyms and tourist accommodation reopen, as well as some indoor hospitality.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that “brighter days are ahead of us”.

The “stay at home” order, which has been in place since December, will be lifted on 2 April – although Ms Sturgeon said people would be encouraged to “stay local” for a further three weeks.

Other changes – including the reopening of hairdressers, click and collect services and homeware shops and the resumption of outdoor contact sports for 12 to 17-year-olds – will be phased in from 5 April.

All children should return to school full-time after the Easter break, which for some will be from 12 April.