Scotland moves to level 0 today as lockdown easing continues around the UK. 

It has been a long time coming, with much of the country under limiting restrictions for the best part of a year. 

Level 0 marks Scotland's lowest level of restrictions, which the Scottish Government hope to largely eradicate from August 9. 

It has felt at times like the rules are constantly changing, so here is your guide to what is now allowed under level 0 restrictions. 

How many people can socialise indoors at level 0?

Under level 0 restrictions, the number of people allowed to socialise indoors will increase: 

  • up to 8 people from four households can gather in a home and stay overnight
  • up to 10 people from four households can meet in an indoor public space such as a pub or restaurant
  • up to 15 people from 15 households can meet outside in either a public space or private garden

Children under the age of 12 are not included in the number of people allowed to gather outdoors. 

This means that, hypothetically, 15 people over the age of 15 can meet outside with an unspecified number of children. 

How many people can attend weddings and funerals in level 0? 

Up to 200 people can attend weddings and funerals in level 0, but only if the venue allows for 2m physical distancing. 

Face coverings must still be worn indoors, aside from the couple getting married or the person accompanying the couple down the aisle. 

Meanwhile, at funerals, the person conducting the funeral service or reading a eulogy can remove their mask.

Can pubs and restaurants return to normal opening hours?

Not quite.

Under level 0 restrictions, pubs and restaurants can remain open until midnight, which is a change from original plans to allow hospitality to return to normal licensing hours.

Table service remains mandatory at level 0, as does wearing a mask when not seated. 

Can sport and other spectator events resume? 

Outdoor seated events can take place with up to 2,000 people, while outdoor standing events are limited to 1,000 people. 

Indoor seated events can take place with up to 400 people. 

Can nightclubs open in level 0?

No, nightclubs and adult entertainment are among the small number of businesses not permitted to open at level 0. 

Are hospital visits allowed in level 0?

All hospital visits are permitted in level 0, subject to local health protection advice. 

The same goes for care homes. 

Can singing take place in church? 

Under level 0 restrictions, singing can go ahead in places of worship as long as face masks are worn and social distancing is maintained. 

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