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Most shops in Scotland are to reopen from 29 June as part of a further easing of the country's lockdown rules. The changes will also see anyone who lives on their own - or only with children - to form an "extended group" with one other household from tomorrow.People will also be able meet outdoors with two other households at the same time rather than just one. Face coverings are to be made compulsory for everyone using public transport - as they are in England. And people who have previously been told to shield during the lockdown because they are at high risk are now able to exercise outside for the first time.
The announcement by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon means the country has now moved to the second phase of its four-phase "route map" aimed at ending the lockdown while continuing to suppress the virus.
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The Scottish government has generally been taking a more cautious approach to opening up the economy again than the UK government has in England, where shops were able to reopen earlier this month.The other changes outlined by Ms Sturgeon include dentists being allowed to reopen for urgent care from Monday, while professional sport will be allowed to resume behind closed doors and places of worship will reopen for individual prayer. And many indoor workplaces such as factories, laboratories and warehouses will also start to reopen from 29 June, subject to strict physical distancing and hygiene rules.The announcement means that shops of all sizes will be able to open from 29 June long as they have outdoor entrances and exits - which means that indoor shopping centres will remain closed except for essential retailers such as supermarkets and pharmacists. Ms Sturgeon said retailers should now start to put plans in place to ensure that customers and staff are able to keep the required 2m apart. She added: "Of course, all of us as customers have a role to play. When shops do re-open, I ask everyone to exercise patience, stick to the measures that are in place for your safety, and at all times please respect retail staff who will be asking you to shop in a different way."
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