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Sturgeon to announce if coronavirus restrictions will be relaxed


Nicola Sturgeon is expected to announce whether Scotland’s coronavirus restrictions can be relaxed as planned on Monday.

The prime minister said she hopes to bring the whole country to level 0 from July 19, based on the latest number of cases, hospital admissions and vaccination rollout.

Level 0 would reduce the distance rule from two meters to one meter in indoor public spaces.

Indoor gathering restrictions would be further lifted to allow up to eight people from a maximum of three households to meet.

The 11pm closing time for pubs operating indoors will also be removed, with local licensing conditions applying instead.

But nightclubs and adult entertainment will have to remain closed.

July 19 is expected to be the date all Scottish adults receive their first dose of the vaccine as well as three weeks after the over-50s double shot.

The Scottish Parliament has been recalled from the summer recess for Ms Sturgeon’s announcement.

Last week, she stressed that any further lifting of the coronavirus rules would require ‘care and caution’ due to the record number of coronavirus cases in Scotland.

On Monday, the latest Covid-19 statistics showed 2,134 coronavirus cases had been recorded in the past 24 hours, but no deaths.

A total of 469 people were hospitalized on Sunday with a recently confirmed Covid-19, up from 24 the day before, with 40 patients in intensive care.