Well a statutory instrument was published this evening and it doesn't change any of the current business restrictions in Level 4, which now look as if this is how level 4 will remain.
Regulation 4(4) relates to outdoor exercise or outdoor recreation as examples of a reasonable excuse for entering or leaving a Level 4 area. Paragraph 16 is amended so that the condition that outdoor exercise or recreation must start and end at the same place, which must be in the local government area in which the person lives, or within 5 miles of that area no longer, applies in order for the reasonable excuse to be available.
The change though does mean from midnight (20mins after posting) it will be possible for anyone in mainland Scotland to travel to any other part of Scotland for mountain activities, providing it does not involve a stay away from home overnight.
It also means 6 people from 6 different households can legitimately meet up to go hill walking or ski touring for example.
[Edit]Pedantic point - travel from islands to the mainland for non-essential purposes is only from level 4 islands. Travel from Level 3 areas of both Highland, and Argyll & Bute into level 4 is not currently permitted for non essential reasons!
There's likely to be an increase in the number of people hitting CairnGorm and Glencoe on Friday, but please remember no facilities are available other than the carparks. We find out on Tuesday whether the shift to level 3 is going ahead on the 26th and whether travel restrictions for non essential travel to/from the rest of the Common Travel Area will be lifted.
Edited 2 times. Last edit at 22.47hrs Thu 15 Apr 21 by alan.