Sturgeon to announce latest easing of Covid restrictions

Non-essential stores, cafes, restaurants, beer gardens, museums, libraries and gyms are expected to reopen from Monday.

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Nicola Sturgeon is due to set out the latest easing of coronavirus restrictions as Scotland’s route map out of lockdown continues.

The First Minister is expected to confirm that non-essential stores, cafes, restaurants, beer gardens, museums, libraries and gyms can reopen from Monday.

However, hospitality will need to close their doors at 8pm indoors and 10pm outdoors, with alcohol only allowed to be served outside.

All areas of Scotland currently in level four are also expected to move to level three on April 26. And although Scotland’s islands would be able to move to level two, a decision was previously made to align them with the rest of the country to stop the need for travel restrictions to the islands.

Travel is also expected to be allowed to other parts of Britain, with reviews planned on journeys to Northern Ireland and the Republic.

From May 17, pubs are expected to open indoors until 10.30pm and contact sports, cinemas, and some small scale events should be able to take place.

Up to four people from two households should also be able to meet up indoors.

The FM will update the country during the Scottish Government’s Covid-19 briefing later on Tuesday.

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On Friday, Scots were able to leave their local authority area for socialising, recreation or exercise, though travel between the mainland and some islands remains off-limits.

Six adults from up to six households are also able to meet up outdoors.

On Monday, shoppers were urged to “play their part” in helping to reduce the spread of coronavirus as the wider retail sector gets set to reopen.

David Lonsdale, Scottish Retail Consortium director, said: “Every purchase from a shop helps support jobs in local retail and throughout the supply chain.

“Retailers and their colleagues continue to work around the clock to maintain a safe shopping experience, so customers can have the confidence to return to their favourite stores.

“If we all follow the necessary physical distancing and hygiene measures and show consideration to those around us, including shop staff who are doing a difficult job, then everyone will be better off.”

Tracy Gilbert, Usdaw deputy divisional officer for Scotland, added: “The reopening of stores on Monday offers a lifeline for many retailers.

“That is good news in terms of helping to safeguard jobs, but the virus is still out there.

“We expect employers to conduct full risk assessments, follow the agreed guidance and ensure that customers are fully informed of the necessary safety measures.

“Shoppers need to play their part in helping to limit the spread of the virus and avoid further lockdowns by following the rules and respecting staff.

“Regrettably, throughout this appalling pandemic, incidents of abuse towards shopworkers doubled and Covid-19 safety measures have now become significant flashpoints.

“Abuse should never be part of the job and shopworkers – who played a vital role in getting food and medicine into our homes during the pandemic – deserve our thanks and respect.”

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