Scotland lockdown news: latest Covid rules and level of restrictions

The 'Stay at Home' rule in Scotland will be replaced by the 'Stay Local' message for no more than three weeks from Apr 2, Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed. Addressing the Scottish Parliament on Mar 16, the First Minister stated that barbers and hairdressers will be able to reopen from Apr 5 along with click-and-collect retail services, along with garden centres, car dealerships and homeware stores. Contact sports for 12-17 year olds will also be able to resume.  Ms Sturgeon has also confirmed that from Apr 26, pubs will be able to stay open outdoors until 10pm but indoors only until 8pm. However, alcohol will only be served outside. Gyms will be allowed to reopen, and outdoor socialising between six people from three households will be permitted. Travel within all of mainland Scotland will be allowed and self-catering accommodation can open their doors from this date.  The First Minister told MSPs that the vaccination programme will have reached those most at risk of dying from Covd-19, which "will give us confidence to ease restrictions much more significantly from April 26", with the aim to move to Level 1 of restrictions by the beginning of June. At present, four adults from two households are able to meet up in outside spaces, including public spaces and private gardens and for those aged 12-17, meetings are limited to four people but will not be limited to two households.  Primary students returned to the classroom full-time on Mar 15, with those in secondary having a mix of online and face-to-face lessons. The First Minister has previously confirmed outdoor non-contact sport and organised group exercise will be permitted for all adults, in groups of up to 15 people from this date and communal worship will also be able to start again from Mar 26, with 50 people initially being allowed into services. Ms Sturgeon has said that the country is "heading in the right direction, but we cannot afford to take our foot of the brake too soon", but went on to state that the Scottish Government "will not hesitate" to ease restrictions earlier if data supports it. Mainland Scotland was placed into lockdown on Jan 4 to tackle the rising spread of the new coronavirus strain. The measures include a legally-enforceable stay-at-home order.  New guidance for those shielding has also been introduced. If you are shielding but cannot work from home, do not go to work - the Chief Medical Officer will write to all that this applies to which will act as a doctors note. How many vaccinations have taken place in Scotland? As of Mar 16, 1,943,507 people have had their first vaccine in Scotland and 170,892 have received their second dose after the rollout began on Jan 16. Nicola Sturgeon stated on Mar 9 that 40 per cent of adults in Scotland had received their first dose of the vaccine.  Ms Sturgeon said there has been a "temporary dip" in vaccinations being given out in Scotland, as a result of an anticipated drop in supply and the increase in second doses being deployed. However, the First Minister stressed the programme was continuing according to schedule, as she confirmed that all adults in Scotland should be offered a first dose of the Covid vaccine by the end of July. Speaking to MSPs in Holyrood, Ms Sturgeon said a dip in supply should be resolved by the middle of this month. She said: "From about the middle of March onwards, however, we expect supplies to pick up again. This will allow for a very significant acceleration in the vaccination programme. "It is worth noting that some of these supplies will be of short-dated stock - in other words, they will be of vaccines which must be used very soon after they have been received." The Scottish Government will now start to invite people in priority lists eight and nine, which includes those aged between 50 and 59 years old, to receive their first dose. It follows the Government meeting its initial target of offering the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine to everyone in the top four priority groups on Feb 15.  Can I travel to Scotland? As of Feb 23, Scottish regulations mean that you must not travel between Scotland and the rest of the UK without a reasonable excuse such as for work, education or essential shopping. This does not include leisure trips.   Other exceptions include travel for healthcare, childcare or shared parenting, and a full list can be found on the Scottish Government website. International travel is also banned, except for work purposes, and travel restrictions in Scotland will remain for "some time yet", First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said. People seeking to leave Britain will have to show a new permit proving they are travelling for essential reasons in a move to stop Easter holidays. The crackdown ­– enforced by on-the-spot fines and the threat of criminal action – came as holiday destinations including Cyprus, Seychelles, Greece and the Spanish islands rushed to open to vaccinated Britons. Like the Government in Westminster, the Scottish Governm

Scotland lockdown news: latest Covid rules and level of restrictions

The 'Stay at Home' rule in Scotland will be replaced by the 'Stay Local' message for no more than three weeks from Apr 2, Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed.

Addressing the Scottish Parliament on Mar 16, the First Minister stated that barbers and hairdressers will be able to reopen from Apr 5 along with click-and-collect retail services, along with garden centres, car dealerships and homeware stores. Contact sports for 12-17 year olds will also be able to resume. 

Ms Sturgeon has also confirmed that from Apr 26, pubs will be able to stay open outdoors until 10pm but indoors only until 8pm. However, alcohol will only be served outside.

Gyms will be allowed to reopen, and outdoor socialising between six people from three households will be permitted. Travel within all of mainland Scotland will be allowed and self-catering accommodation can open their doors from this date. 

The First Minister told MSPs that the vaccination programme will have reached those most at risk of dying from Covd-19, which "will give us confidence to ease restrictions much more significantly from April 26", with the aim to move to Level 1 of restrictions by the beginning of June.

At present, four adults from two households are able to meet up in outside spaces, including public spaces and private gardens and for those aged 12-17, meetings are limited to four people but will not be limited to two households. 

Primary students returned to the classroom full-time on Mar 15, with those in secondary having a mix of online and face-to-face lessons.

The First Minister has previously confirmed outdoor non-contact sport and organised group exercise will be permitted for all adults, in groups of up to 15 people from this date and communal worship will also be able to start again from Mar 26, with 50 people initially being allowed into services.

Ms Sturgeon has said that the country is "heading in the right direction, but we cannot afford to take our foot of the brake too soon", but went on to state that the Scottish Government "will not hesitate" to ease restrictions earlier if data supports it.

Mainland Scotland was placed into lockdown on Jan 4 to tackle the rising spread of the new coronavirus strain. The measures include a legally-enforceable stay-at-home order. 

New guidance for those shielding has also been introduced. If you are shielding but cannot work from home, do not go to work - the Chief Medical Officer will write to all that this applies to which will act as a doctors note.

How many vaccinations have taken place in Scotland?

As of Mar 16, 1,943,507 people have had their first vaccine in Scotland and 170,892 have received their second dose after the rollout began on Jan 16. Nicola Sturgeon stated on Mar 9 that 40 per cent of adults in Scotland had received their first dose of the vaccine. 

Ms Sturgeon said there has been a "temporary dip" in vaccinations being given out in Scotland, as a result of an anticipated drop in supply and the increase in second doses being deployed.

However, the First Minister stressed the programme was continuing according to schedule, as she confirmed that all adults in Scotland should be offered a first dose of the Covid vaccine by the end of July.

Speaking to MSPs in Holyrood, Ms Sturgeon said a dip in supply should be resolved by the middle of this month.

She said: "From about the middle of March onwards, however, we expect supplies to pick up again. This will allow for a very significant acceleration in the vaccination programme.

"It is worth noting that some of these supplies will be of short-dated stock - in other words, they will be of vaccines which must be used very soon after they have been received."

The Scottish Government will now start to invite people in priority lists eight and nine, which includes those aged between 50 and 59 years old, to receive their first dose.

It follows the Government meeting its initial target of offering the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine to everyone in the top four priority groups on Feb 15. 

Can I travel to Scotland?

As of Feb 23, Scottish regulations mean that you must not travel between Scotland and the rest of the UK without a reasonable excuse such as for work, education or essential shopping. This does not include leisure trips.  

Other exceptions include travel for healthcare, childcare or shared parenting, and a full list can be found on the Scottish Government website.

International travel is also banned, except for work purposes, and travel restrictions in Scotland will remain for "some time yet", First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said.

People seeking to leave Britain will have to show a new permit proving they are travelling for essential reasons in a move to stop Easter holidays.

The crackdown ­– enforced by on-the-spot fines and the threat of criminal action – came as holiday destinations including Cyprus, Seychelles, Greece and the Spanish islands rushed to open to vaccinated Britons.

Like the Government in Westminster, the Scottish Government has introduced an across-the-board hotel quarantine system for all international arrivals.

All international travellers will be required to self-isolate for 10 days in a hotel near Edinburgh, Glasgow or Aberdeen airport.

The First Minister's roadmap out of lockdown also confirms that domestic breaks will not return in time for the April bank holiday. 

The roadmap published by the UK Government puts Mar 29 as the date at which stay-at-home rules will be lifted in England. However, during this stage, people will still be encouraged to minimise travel.

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