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Scotland to move back into level system with stay-at-home order ending on 5 April

Written by on 23/02/2021

Scotland’s route out of lockdown will come in stages, with the country’s stay-at-home order set to end on 5 April, followed weeks later by a return to a system of levels.

Unveiling the plan, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told the Scottish Parliament that, at present, there is “limited scope” to ease restrictions.

But she said the Scottish government would be able to give more details in mid-March on how restrictions will be eased from the end of April onwards.

Under the plans she announced on Tuesday, Ms Sturgeon said Scotland’s lockdown would be eased in three stages over the next two months – with each stage separated by at least three weeks.

These are:

15 March

  • the rest of primary school years, as well as more secondary school pupils, will return to classrooms
  • a relaxing of the rules on outdoor mixing, with four people from two households allowed to meet

5 April

  • the lifting of the “stay at home” order
  • six people from two households will be able to meet outdoors
  • the reopening of some shops
  • the restarting of communal worship (although this may come earlier to allow gatherings at Easter and for Passover)

26 April

  • Scotland will return to a levels system of restrictions, with a move down from level 4 to level 3 for most areas

 Sky News

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