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COVID-19: Delayed lockdown easing in Scotland with restrictions that will remain in place until July 19, says Nicola Sturgeon | UK News

Current COVID-19 restrictions in Scotland will remain in place until July 19 after a 40% increase in new cases last week, Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said.

Scottish government original plan was for the entire nation to upgrade to Level 0 from June 28, but Ms Sturgeon confirmed the current rules will remain in place for an additional three weeks.

The revised roadmap will see all areas of Scotland who have not yet done so go to level 0 from mid-July, when the limits for domestic gatherings indoors will increase.

It is also hoped that the two-meter social distancing requirement can be reduced to one meter by that date “assuming the data supports it,” the prime minister said.

And the Scottish government plans to lift all major remaining legal restrictions on coronaviruses on August 9 if possible, she told MSPs.

Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon greets Prime Minister Boris Johnson outside Bute House in Edinburgh
The plan is now for England and Scotland to ease restrictions on July 19

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Ms Sturgeon made the announcement in Holyrood on Tuesday as part of the country’s latest roadmap review out of lockdown.

She said the three-week delay in easing the lockdown was due to an increase in the number of cases, after 2,167 cases were recorded in Scotland in the past 24 hours – the highest daily figure since January 8.

“Assuming we achieve the revised strategic goal, we hope that all parts of Scotland, which are not currently at this level, will be able to move up to level 0 on 19 July,” said Ms Sturgeon.

“This means, for example, that the limits for indoor family gatherings will increase from that date, and up to 200 people will be able to attend weddings and funerals.

“We’re also hoping – assuming the data backs it up – that the general indoor physical distancing requirement can be reduced from two meters to one meter.

“And we hope, from that date, to lift the external requirement of physical distance.


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