Lockdown lifting: Fife set for major re-opening of businesses today

Fife takes its single biggest step out of lockdown today as the doors to non-essential retail, the hospitality sector and leisure centres all re-open.

Monday, 26th April 2021, 10:16 am

It means our High Streets will return as close to normality as they have been since the pandemic hit in March 2020 - and businesses are able to operate once more.

Some restrictions remain in place, but the move from Level 4 to Level 3 is a major milestone in the road map to recovery.

Key steps include up to six people from two households can socialise indoors in a public place, such as a cafe or restaurant.

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Hospitality venues, including pubs, restaurants and cafes, can open until 8:00pm indoors, without alcohol, and outdoors where alcohol can be consumed.

All shops, stores and close contact services can open.

Gyms and swimming pools can open for individual exercise.

Tourist accommodation can reopen with restrictions in place. Self-catering accommodation will be restricted in line with rules on indoor gatherings.

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