There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and we are feeling just as happy as this bunker!
At long last, we find ourselves slowly headed back to normality. However, with the restrictions in place and constantly in review, it is a tricky to keep track of what restrictions we are facing and what this means for those of you longing for a change in scenery.
We face another summer of uncertainty surrounding foreign travel, so we find ourselves on track for another summer of staycations.
What is the current situation?
Most of mainland Scotland are in Level 2, with a select few areas in the Highlands and Islands in Level 1, and Glasgow City remaining in Level 3.
What does this mean?
For the majority of us, it means we are now able to meet in groups of up to 6 adults from 3 households for overnight stays, which does not include under 12s. Travel is now allowed to any other areas in Scotland except in to a level 3 area, which at this moment in time is only Glasgow.
What will be open during our stay and what are the restrictions?
Shops, restaurants, bars and cafes have all reopened. For bars, cafes and restaurants, the same restrictions in place for overnight stays is applicable when dining/drinking. So for groups of up to 6 from 3 different households (not including under 12s), you are able to dine together indoors once again. Pubs and restaurants are now also able to serve alcohol indoors until 10:30pm, so no more evenings spent cold and wet in the beer garden!
For outdoor dining or drinking, you are allowed up to 8 which can be made up of up to 8 separate households.
Other areas which have reopened:
- Gyms, leisure centers and swimming pools
- Visitor attractions
- Public buildings (libraries etc)
There is plenty open and other than wearing a mask indoors, it does not feel too different to the St Andrews we all know and love. For some inspiration on what to fill your time with during your visit, take a look at our explore page on our website, where we have compiled lists of the all the best places to visit and things to do.
When are the restrictions going to be relaxed further?
Currently, Scotland plan to move to Level 1 on June 7th, and Level 0 on 28th June.
What restrictions will be in place for Level 1 and 0?
Currently, the only thing set to change when we move to Level 1 is in regards to socialising in public places. For indoor dining, up to 8 people from 3 households can meet, and up to 12 people from 12 households outdoors.
Despite there not being much change, especially in regards to the number of guests we are able to accept, there was an acceleration of previous plans as Level 2 restrictions had been amended to allow more people to meet than originally stated.
So, when the next easing of restrictions are announced early June, these may well be different to what has previously been stated.
Scotland are expected to move in to Level 0 from 28th June.
In Level 0, we will be able to accept up to 8 guests from 4 different households. Meeting in indoor public places will be up to 10 people from 4 households, and up to 15 people from 15 households being able to meet outdoors.
If you are looking for a larger property to accommodate groups of friends or golfers who will be able to get together in Level 0, click here to browse our accommodation with 4 or more bedrooms.
As ever, all of the restrictions mentioned are subject to change. We do advise visiting the Scottish Government website for most up to date information.
Following yet another year of uncertainty, finally have the get together you have all been longing and enjoy the beautiful areas of your own country you would have otherwise not explored. Simply get in the car, with children and dogs in tow, and get yourselves to Costa Del St Andrews!
Have a browse of our coastal homes, we have plenty to choose from. Please do not hesitate to give us a call on 01334 472011 or email email@example.com where we would be delighted to help in finding you your perfect home from home.