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Scotland will allow gyms, salons and shops to open in late April if cases fall


Scotland will move back to regional levels of Covid restrictions by the end of April with a “phased but significant” reopening of the economy, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

The First Minister told MSPs she hoped non-essential retail, hospitality and services such as gyms and hairdressers would be able to operate from the last week of April.

The “stay at home” order could also be lifted from April 5, she said.

In a statement in the Scottish Parliament, she said travel restrictions were likely to remain in place for some time yet to prevent importation of new variants of the virus.

Ms Sturgeon said nearly one in three Scots have had a Covid vaccine, and she announced an accelerated target to offer all adults a jab by the end of July rather than September.



Nicola Sturgeon set out the latest plans for easing Scotland’s lockdown rules

All over 50s should have been offered their first dose by mid April, she said.

She said evidence on the efficacy of vaccines was “very encouraging” but the Government’s watchwords would be “caution and patience”.

It comes after Boris Johnson unveiled a four-step roadmap to ease England’s lockdown on Monday.

This breaking story is being updated.





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