Scotland lockdown news: latest Covid rules and when schools could reopen

Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that some children will be able to return to school after February half term, but said lockdown restrictions will not be lifted until March at the earliest. Pupils in Primary One to Primary Three will return to school full time, as will all children under school age in early learning and childcare from Feb 22. A "limited number" of secondary school students can also return on a part-time basis to allow in-school practical work, necessary for the completion of national qualifications, from the same date. Additionally, there will be a "limited increase in provision for vulnerable children", the First Minister said.  However, a second phased return for school pupils would not begin any earlier that mid-March. Ms Sturgeon also announced that she hopes to produce a new road map out of lockdown in week beginning Feb 22, as she warned that returning to "100 per cent normality" would not be possible in the near future. 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.  Rules were tightened further on Jan 16, with click-and-collect services being banned, apart from those which serve essentials, such as clothing, baby equipment and books.  In addition, takeaway food and hot drinks can only be served outside of a building and a ban has been placed on alcohol consumption in public in Level 4 areas, including those purchased at takeaway services.  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 Medicial 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 Feb 20, 1,386,152 people have had their first vaccine in Scotland after the rollout began on Jan 16. According to official figures this includes 97 per cent of over-80s living in the community, 99.9 per cent of older adult care home residents, and 279,718 frontline health and social care workers. The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon announced on Feb 15, that the Scottish Government has met its target of offering the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine to everyone in the top four priority groups. Scotland's official target to complete adult vaccinations is September, however, the devolved nation aims to have vaccinated every adult "in the summer", according to the Health Secretary, Jeane Freeman. Can I travel to Scotland? Under Scottish regulations, you must not travel between Scotland and the rest of the UK unless you have a reasonable excuse, such as for work, education or essential shopping. 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. 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. On Feb 16, Ms Sturgeon advised against booking Easter holidays either overseas or within Scotland, but suggested staycations may be possible by the summer.

Scotland lockdown news: latest Covid rules and when schools could reopen

Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that some children will be able to return to school after February half term, but said lockdown restrictions will not be lifted until March at the earliest.

Pupils in Primary One to Primary Three will return to school full time, as will all children under school age in early learning and childcare from Feb 22.

A "limited number" of secondary school students can also return on a part-time basis to allow in-school practical work, necessary for the completion of national qualifications, from the same date. Additionally, there will be a "limited increase in provision for vulnerable children", the First Minister said. 

However, a second phased return for school pupils would not begin any earlier that mid-March.

Ms Sturgeon also announced that she hopes to produce a new road map out of lockdown in week beginning Feb 22, as she warned that returning to "100 per cent normality" would not be possible in the near future.

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. 

Rules were tightened further on Jan 16, with click-and-collect services being banned, apart from those which serve essentials, such as clothing, baby equipment and books. 

In addition, takeaway food and hot drinks can only be served outside of a building and a ban has been placed on alcohol consumption in public in Level 4 areas, including those purchased at takeaway services. 

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 Medicial 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 Feb 20, 1,386,152 people have had their first vaccine in Scotland after the rollout began on Jan 16. According to official figures this includes 97 per cent of over-80s living in the community, 99.9 per cent of older adult care home residents, and 279,718 frontline health and social care workers.

The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon announced on Feb 15, that the Scottish Government has met its target of offering the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine to everyone in the top four priority groups.

Scotland's official target to complete adult vaccinations is September, however, the devolved nation aims to have vaccinated every adult "in the summer", according to the Health Secretary, Jeane Freeman.

Can I travel to Scotland?

Under Scottish regulations, you must not travel between Scotland and the rest of the UK unless you have a reasonable excuse, such as for work, education or essential shopping.

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.

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.

On Feb 16, Ms Sturgeon advised against booking Easter holidays either overseas or within Scotland, but suggested staycations may be possible by the summer.