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The plans to lift restrictions in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland

Like England, the rest of the UK have set out their plans to ease lockdown restrictions over upcoming months. 

Listed below are some details of the plans for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, but further information can be found on the respective Government websites. 


Scotland plans to ease lockdown using a phased approach; the phases of which will be separated by at least three weeks. 

  • The first phase began with young children returning to School on Monday 22 February.
  • The second phase is set to take place no earlier than Monday 15 March, with P4-P7 pupils and senior pupils in secondary schools expected to return. Four people from two households may also be allowed to meet outdoors from that date.
  • Communal worship, an extension to mixing outdoors and more autonomies in retail are hoped to be in place from Monday 5 April.
  • Non-essential retail, including car dealerships, aren’t likely to open until Monday 26 April. Only then may showrooms and forecourts be open to customers again, however people will still be encouraged to visit alone where possible. 

According to First Minster Nicola Sturgeon, further details will be issued around the middle of March on the further lifting of restrictions that will take place across April, May and into the summer.

For more details of how restrictions will change in Scotland, visit Gov.Scot.


On Friday 19 February First Minister Mark Drakeford said stay-at-home restrictions in Wales could be eased in three weeks’ time.

  • Small changes to the rules on Saturday 20 February saw the number of people allowed to exercise together outdoors increase from two to four, but they must come from no more than two households.
  • Two months after entering a lockdown on Monday 22 February, the youngest pupils in Wales, aged three to seven, began to return to classrooms.
  • From Monday 1 March, couples will be allowed to get married with licenced wedding venues reopening in line with current rules. 
  • From Monday 15 March, all primary school pupils, and older age groups in years 11 and 13, could also return if the situation improves.
  • Only supermarkets, pharmacies and those who sell food and medication are allowed to remain open, but with strict social distancing measures in place. As it currently stands, non-essential shops aren’t yet allowed to reopen, but talks are happening with regards to opening businesses likes hairdressers by the middle of March. Car showrooms are also closed but click and collect is still allowed.

For more details of how restrictions will change in Wales visit, Gov.Wales. 

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland introduced lockdown restrictions on Saturday 26 December, and these have been extended until Thursday 1 April. 

With that being said, First Minister Arlene Foster advised that a “decision-making framework” on plans to exit lockdown would be published on Monday 1 March.

  • From Monday 8 March, the number of people gathering outdoors will increase from six to 10, from no more than two households.
  • Primary school pupils in year groups P1 to P3 will also return to face-to-face learning on this date, followed by secondary pupils in key exam years, year groups 12 to 14, on Monday 22 March.
  • For car dealerships, only click-and-deliver services are currently allowed, and these restrictions will be in place until Friday 5 March, but could even remain in place until Easter.

For more details of how restrictions will change in Northern Ireland, visit