Coronavirus in Scotland: Nicola Sturgeon to unveil lockdown easing 'route map'

Scotland unveils 4-phase lockdown exit 'roadmap'

As reported earlier this week, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today announced a "route map" created to ease of restrictions that were introduced on March 23 to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

But the First Minister said: "I can not stand here and rule out to the people of Scotland that at some point over the next few months we might have to go back the way, because this virus is unpredictable".

She warned that the route of out lockdown was fragile, adding that the threat of a second wave is "very real".

This will also be the phase when pubs and restaurants will be able to open indoor spaces with physical distancing; restrictions on hotels and B&Bs will be relaxed; and restrictions on marriages and other service attendance will be extended to beyond close family.

Pubs and restaurants will be able to reopen indoor spaces with social distancing under the third phase of restrictions being lifted, which will occur once the virus has been suppressed and the country's "Test and Protect" method is working across the country.

In a statement to the Scottish Parliament, Sturgeon outlined a four-stage plan to emerge from current restrictions, and the initial phase included some positive news for sport.

Golf in Scotland is set to emerge from its coronavirus-enforced shutdown in Phase 1 of the Scottish Government's relaxation of lockdown restrictions - although the exact date for a resumption in play has yet to be confirmed.

Phase 4 will see mass gatherings allowed again, as well as the reopening of shopping outlets.

First Minister Sturgeon today announced a "road map" that comprises of four phases, of which golf will be part of Phase 1, which will include plans for "outdoor activities" such as golf to resume "within days" of Thursday May 28.

Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard said his party backs a phased approach to lifting lockdown, but stressed: "This needs to be done as safely as possible, it needs to follow the science and it needs to be done at the right time".

Read the full Scottish Government document here for further details.

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