COVID-19: Hugs, indoor pints and friends at home as most of Scotland moved to Level 2 restrictions

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COVID-19: Hugs, indoor pints and friends at home as most of Scotland moved to Level 2 restrictions


Nicola Sturgeon has announced an easing of COVID-19 restrictions from May 17 across most of Scotland – hugs for loved ones are allowed again.

The prime minister has upgraded most of the country from Tier 3 to Tier 2, meaning up to six people from three households can socialize indoors in a private home.

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And for the Scottish Isles, the news was even better. Mrs Sturgeon said there the situation was so under control that “we are able to relax the restrictions there faster than we will on the mainland”.

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Scottish Prime Minister relaxes COVID rules

From Monday, the Western Isles, Orkney, Shetland, all islands in the Highland Council region – except Skye – and the islands in the Argyll and Bute region will be at level 1.

Up to 12 people from 12 households can meet outdoors in private gardens on level 1.

However, NHS Grampian has battled an outbreak in Moray, offering vaccinations to people aged 18 to 39 and increasing testing in a bid to control an increase in cases.

Therefore, Moray will remain at level 3.

The latest figures for Scotland show no deaths from the virus and 200 new cases have been recorded in Scotland in the past 24 hours, but the number of cases in Moray is more than four times higher than in the rest of the country .

Returning to work at Bute House in Edinburgh after the recent elections, the Prime Minister made the announcement after meeting with clinical advisors.

From Monday, pubs can sell alcohol indoors, and cinemas, theaters, comedy clubs, game rooms and bingo halls can open.

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So far 2,897,975 people have received the first dose of a COVID-19[feminine[feminine vaccination in Scotland and 1,468,296 received their second dose.

Under level 2, people will be able to meet outdoors in groups of eight (up to eight households) and up to six people from three households will be able to meet at each other’s house, including overnight stays.

While respecting the permitted levels, it is also no longer necessary to maintain a physical distance.

Announcing the return of hugs, Ms Sturgeon said: ‘It means – and I actually feel a little bit emotional saying this – that from Monday, as long as you stay within the minutes allowed, you can kiss your hugs again. relatives. “

Ms Sturgeon said the “huge success” of the vaccination program, coupled with “high and continued public compliance” with regulations, combined to “ensure continued suppression of the virus.”

She added: “The whole picture is now very positive and that means we are able to ease the restrictions further and restore a lot more normalcy to people’s lives. “

Scotland will also switch to a traffic light system for international travel, she said.

From Monday, managed isolation will still be required for ‘Red List’ countries, while a 10-day self-isolation period with two PCR tests will be required for Amber List countries and those arriving from Green List countries will need to take a test upon arrival, but they won’t need to self-isolate if they don’t have the virus.

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Brits said they could kiss loved ones from Monday

While green list status should be ‘the exception, not the rule’, 12 countries and territories will be on the list from the start of the initiative, including Iceland, the Faroe Islands, New Zealand and the United States. ‘Australia.

“This decision means that, from now on, we have a consistent four-nation position on international travel – I think that’s positive,” she said.

Mrs Sturgeon said that guiding Scotland safely through the rest of the coronavirus the pandemic is its “number one priority”.

She stressed the need to “remain vigilant” to ensure that virus levels do not rise again.

And she said her government was also starting the task “of ensuring a just and lasting recovery from the pandemic.”

On Monday, Boris Johnson confirmed that the British would be able to hug loved ones, dine out and go on vacation abroad from 17 May.

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