Nicola Sturgeon announced that a series of lockdown rules that will be eased in Scotland – with some changes coming in later this week.
The First Minister gave an encouraged tone in an address to MSPs at Holyrood yesterday as the number of new Covid cases, deaths and hospital numbers continues to fall.
It was also announced that almost 40% of the adult population in Scotland have received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine – with evidence to suggest that jabs can significantly reduce transmission.
But Sturgeon said that Scotland cannot take its foot off the brake too soon and confirmed a slight easing of restrictions over the coming weeks.
Nicola Sturgeon addressed MSPs on the Scottish Government’s lockdown review earlier today (Image: PA)
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Changes on outdoor social gatherings, non-contact sports for adults and communal worship services were revealed.
The First Minister said that they are all changes that can be made safely at this stage of the pandemic in Scotland.
There are hopes that some restrictions on travel around Scotland could be lifted in the weeks to come – but Sturgeon stopped short of pencilling in a date as it currently remains unsafe to lift them now.
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Here are the lockdown easing dates Scots should be aware of in the coming weeks.
March 12
Four Scots adults from two households will be able to meet outside for social and recreational purposes (Image: DAILY RECORD)

  • Four Scots from two households can meet outdoors for recreation and social purposes – in addition to exercise. Meetings can take place inside private gardens, parks and other public areas. Scots can only go inside for an essential reason – such as entering a back garden or to use the toilet.
  • Non-contact sports and group exercise can continue for all adults with a limit of 15 people.
  • Children aged 12 to 17 can meet four people outdoors from different households for recreation, social purposes and exercise.

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March 15
More pupils will return to school from next Monday (Image: Getty Images)

  • All remaining primary school children to return to school full time
  • All secondary pupils to return to school on part-time basis with a mix of high quality remote learning and some in-school teaching. Senior phase students (S4-S6) who are taking national qualifications will have priority for face-to-face lessons.
  • Regulated childcare, including breakfast and after-school clubs, for primary pupils to restart
  • Some college students are expected to return to campuses

April 5
Stay at home rules expected to be lifted from next month (Image: Getty Images)

  • Stay at home restrictions expected to be lifted
  • Six people from two household can meet outdoors
  • Extension of essential retail and click and collect can reopen for non-essential shops
  • Full-time return for secondary pupils was initially scheduled for this date, but it is now expected after the Easter holidays

April 26
Scotland’s reopening of the economy is expected to begin from the end of April (Image: Daily Record)

  • Scotland set to return to the tiered-system of lockdown
  • Level four is expected to move to level three – with some modifications
  • Phased reopening on the economy, from non-essential businesses to salons, to begin