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Delay expected to easing of Covid-19 restrictions in Scotland

The Scottish first minister is due to make an announcement at the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood on Tuesday (June 22) as part of the latest review of the route map out of lockdown.

Nicola Sturgeon is expected to confirm a delay to the easing of Covid-19 restrictions in Scotland, say reports.

She indicated last week that the move to level zero – the lowest in five-tier system – was likely to be pushed back by three weeks.

Originally set for June 28, it could be delayed until at least mid-July so more people can be vaccinated, said the BBC.


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“While large parts of Scotland moved into level one earlier this month, and some islands went down to level zero, many parts of the central belt remain in level two, where there are stricter limits on the size of groups that can meet,” said the BBC report.

The current level of restrictions is likely to remain until July 19 – the same date prime minister Boris Johnson has targeted as a “terminus” for England’s lockdown restrictions.

The Scottish government will also publish a review on Tuesday of physical distancing requirements, along with a paper setting out what life will look like beyond level zero.

In Wales, lockdown rules are being reviewed again on July 15, while the next planned easing in Northern Ireland is set for July 5.

Members of the Scottish travel industry will lobby Holyrood and the Westminster parliaments tomorrow calling for greater support as part of the Travel Day of Action.

On Monday, the Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association wrote to Sturgeon outlining the plight of the industry and asking for a face-to-face meeting to discuss why agents face “nothing short of destitution”.

Elsewhere, Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham has also written to Sturgeon, asking her to set out detailed reasons for the Sottish ban on non-essential travel to several areas in Greater Manchester.

“Our 2.8 million residents deserve to be treated with due respect and proper consideration when restrictions are being implemented which will affect their lives,” he wrote.

Sturgeon defended her stance on Monday, saying she had a “duty” to keep Scotland as safe as possible, reported the BBC.

Over the weekend, Burnham had criticised the fact he was given no advance warning of the travel ban, and called on the Scottish government to compensate holidaymakers and firms who are losing money as a result of the move.

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