Sturgeon urges caution as date confirmed for end of most remaining COVID restrictions in Scotland

UK

Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that Scotland will lift most of its remaining coronavirus restrictions next Monday.

Making a statement in a virtual session of the Scottish Parliament, Scotland’s first minister said the move on 9 August will see nightclubs reopen, sports stadia and concert venues welcoming full capacity crowds, and social distancing coming to an end.

Ms Sturgeon has already confirmed face coverings in shops and public transport will remain mandatory for “some time to come”.

Every part of Scotland moved to Level 0 in July, which meant more people could gather in groups and the opening hours of hospitality businesses could be extended.

The announcement comes after Ms Sturgeon’s Cabinet considered the latest coronavirus data on Tuesday morning.

The Scottish Parliament was recalled from its summer recess to hear the result of these discussions.

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross has campaigned for the social distancing guidance to be changed and for the 10-day isolation rule for those double-jabbed to be amended.

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