Nicola Sturgeon To Set Out Plans For Lifting Restrictions

Nicola Sturgeon is to set out plans for the lifting of most legal Covid-19 restrictions in a statement to MSPs.

The whole of Scotland is currently in level zero of the virus alert system, and the first minister has said she is hopeful of going further on 9 August.

This could see physical distancing rules relaxed, the return of office working and larger crowds at events.

However, Ms Sturgeon has said some measures like the use of face coverings will remain in place “for some time”.

She said people should not take progress for granted due to the faster-spreading Delta variant of the virus, saying “appropriate caution” must be taken.

An update to the way Covid measures operate in schools is expected to be included in the statement, with ministers considering changes to self-isolation requirements for pupils and whether face coverings need to be worn in classrooms.

Ms Sturgeon’s cabinet will consider the latest data today morning, with the Scottish Parliament being recalled from its summer recess to hear the outcome of their deliberations.

The virtual session will give opposition leaders the chance to question Ms Sturgeon on the latest developments.

A separate statement is also expected about Scotland’s latest set of drug-related death figures, which hit another record high on Friday.

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