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Scottish government hopes to get out of Covid-19 restrictions from August 9

The Scottish government hopes to get out of Covid-19 restrictions from August 9, Nicola Sturgeon said.

Speaking to MSPs in Holyrood on Tuesday, the Prime Minister said: “Our assessment – overall and assuming we meet the necessary requirements for vaccination and harm reduction – is that it would be possible and proportionate to lift the main remaining legal restrictions on August 9. .

“We will review and make a final assessment closer to when – as we hope – this could include the lifting of the legal requirement to physically distance oneself inside and out.”

She added: “Moving beyond level 0 will be an important step and it will signal a return to almost complete normality in our day to day life.

“Of course, while this is a long-awaited moment, it is important to recognize that we still have a difficult path to travel over the next few weeks to reach these milestones and, even assuming we do, the pandemic will not be. not completely finished at this point.

“As our strategic framework update document indicates, basic mitigation measures will always be required as we move into the summer and fall when we face the risk of new resurgence of cases. “

The country also hopes to upgrade to level 0 on July 19.

The Prime Minister said: “Assuming we achieve the revised strategic goal, we hope that all parts of Scotland, which are not currently at this level, can move up to level 0 on 19 July.

“This means, for example, that the limits for domestic gatherings indoors will increase from that date, and up to 200 people will be able to attend weddings and funerals.

“We also hope – assuming the data confirms – that the general indoor physical distancing requirement can be reduced from 2 meters to 1 meter.

“And we hope, from that date, to elevate the requirement of the outdoors to the physical distance.

“In addition – in recognition of the reduced risk of transmission outdoors and therefore the desire to encourage people to stay outdoors as much as possible – we hope that the limits to informal social gatherings outdoors, in gardens private, for example, will also be deleted at this point. step.”

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