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Lockdown in Scotland: What the upcoming Covid ‘Stay Local’ rules mean

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The order to “stay at home” in Scotland will be lifted on Friday April 2 and replaced by a demand for people to “stay put”, said Nicola Sturgeon.

The premier added that barbers and hairdressers will be able to reopen from April 5 with clickable retail services, garden centers, car dealerships and home goods stores. University and college students can also return for in-person instruction and outdoor contact sports for ages 12-17 can resume.

“The stay-at-home rule is replaced for at least the next three weeks with an obligation to stay local,” Sturgeon confirmed during a coronavirus briefing on March 30.

“I fully understand how frustrating it is for everyone – I share this frustration – like many of you, my family lives in a different local authority than the one I live in, and therefore like anyone with loved ones in another part of the country, I desperately want to see them in person. “

Ms Sturgeon said she would give further updates in April, but Scotland was on track to further ease restrictions on April 26, when pubs will be able to stay open outdoors until 10 p.m. hours, but indoors until 8 p.m. However, alcohol will only be served outside.

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Gyms will also be allowed to reopen on that date, and outdoor socialization between six people from three households will be allowed. Travel throughout mainland Scotland will be permitted and self-catering accommodation will be able to open from that date.

The Prime Minister told MSPs that the vaccination program will have reached those most at risk of dying from Covid-19, which “will give us confidence to ease restrictions much more significantly from April 26,” in the goal of moving to level 1 restrictions. early June.

Currently, four adults from two households can meet in outdoor spaces, including public spaces and private gardens and for 12-17 year olds, meetings are limited to four people but will not be limited to two. households.

Elementary students returned to full-time class on March 15, with high school students having a mix of online and face-to-face lessons.

Non-contact outdoor sports and organized group exercises are now permitted for all adults, in groups of no more than 15 people.

Community worship was also allowed to resume from March 26, with 50 people initially allowed to participate in services.

The ban on religious services during lockdown in Scotland was ruled unconstitutional and a human rights violation, a court ruled on March 24. The judgment comes just two days before the reopening of places of worship.

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Following the judgment, Lord Braid said churches in Scotland could instead open with ‘immediate effect’, stressing that this was not a decision that meeting for worship was safe. The ruling marks the first legal victory against Covid laws in the UK.

Ms Sturgeon said the country “is heading in the right direction, but we cannot afford to step on the brakes too soon”, but went on to say the Scottish government “will not hesitate” to ease restrictions sooner if the data supports it.

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Mainland Scotland was placed on lockdown on January 4 to tackle the growing spread of the new strain of coronavirus. The measures include a legally enforceable home maintenance order.

New guidelines for these shields have also been introduced. If you’re shielding but can’t work from home, don’t go to work – the chief medical officer will write to anyone who applies and act as a doctor’s note.

How many vaccinations have taken place in Scotland?

As of March 31, 2,463,069 people had received the first dose of the Covid vaccine and 354,756 had received their second dose after the deployment began on January 16.

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Ms Sturgeon said “nearly half” of the adult population in Scotland had been vaccinated by March 23 and, like England, Scotland would first vaccinate all those in the JCVI priority groups.

The Scottish government will now start urging people on priority eight and nine lists, including those aged 50 to 59, to receive their first dose.

This comes as Scotland will have around 500,000 fewer vaccine doses in April, Nicola Sturgeon confirmed. Ms Sturgeon said that means second doses may need to be prioritized sometime in April.

A delay in the delivery of five million doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine from India is partly to blame for an upcoming reduction in supply in the UK.

However, the Prime Minister stressed that the program was continuing on schedule as she confirmed that all adults in Scotland should be offered a first dose of the Covid vaccine by the end of July.

It follows that the government achieved its original goal of offering the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine to all four major priority groups on February 15.

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