Nicola Sturgeon confirmed Scotland will start lifting some of the coronavirus lockdown measures three weeks after England started relaxing social distancing measures. The Scottish First Minister insisted the scientific evidence has shown the infection rate has held steady for the past three weeks, suggesting an easing of the lockdown is possible. But despite the move to phase two, Ms Sturgeon urged Scots to remain cautious to avoid a resurgence of the virus.
Speaking to colleagues in the Scottish Parliament, the SNP leader said: “Taking account of that progress and of the other evidence we are required to assess, I am therefore very pleased to confirm the Scottish Government has concluded that we can now move on to the next phase of our exit from lockdown.
“I want to stress we must still exercise care and caution.
“Our progress so far is because of lockdown, the virus has not gone away and we must remember that.
“As we gradually remove the restrictions that have kept it under control, there is a very real risk transmission could rise again.
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“That is why if we don’t want to go backwards we must progress forward very carefully.”
Ms Sturgeon announced people who have been shielding for the past 14 weeks will now be permitted to take socially distanced exercise.
She also renewed her plea to limit the number of people meeting to eight for the time being.
Dentists will be able to reopen from Monday for urgent care and professional sport will be allowed to resume. Places of worship will also be allowed to reopen for individual prayer.
The First Minister also said some places of work such as labs will be able to resume activities from June 29.
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