Coronavirus in Scotland RECAP: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says planned May 17 lockdown easing will ‘go ahead’ |  pubs and cinemas to reopen | Moray still facing covid spike | 10 relaxed coronavirus rules

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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: Nicola Sturgeon confirmed on Tuesday that Covid rules will be relaxed further next week

Key Events

  • FM eases rules on indoor visits
  • Pubs and restaurants allowed to serve alcohol indoors
  • Meeting indoors and hugging from Monday
  • Scotland’s islands will move to Level 1

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Nicola Sturgeon LIVE

Despite changes to rules on non-essential travel, the First Minister said Scots should “think seriously” about taking holidays.

Speaking at the coronavirus briefing in Edinburgh, Nicola Sturgeon urged Scots to “err on the side of caution” after the new traffic light system in Scotland was unveiled.

“Even though the rules on non-essential travel are starting to change, that doesn’t mean we’re saying that non-essential international travel is desirable,” she said.

“Everyone should think seriously about whether they should travel abroad this summer.”

She added: “When it comes to holidays abroad, my advice continues to be to err on the side of caution and to staycation this summer.”

Nicola Sturgeon LIVE

Scotland will move to a traffic light system for international travel, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

“We consider that the situation now allows us to believe a careful move away from blanket restrictions on non-essential travel overseas,” the First Minister said at the coronavirus briefing on Tuesday.

From Monday, managed isolation will still be needed for countries on the “red list” while a 10-day period of self-isolation with two PCR tests will be needed for amber list countries and those arriving from green list countries will be required to take a test when they arrived, but will not need to self-isolate if they do not have the virus.

While green list status should be the “exception not the rule”, 12 countries and territories will be on the list from the start of the initiative, including Iceland, the Faroe Islands, New Zealand and Australia.

“This decision means that, as of now, we have a consistent four nations position on international travel – I think that’s positive,” she said.

“It has been made possible because the decisions the UK Government has arrived at are appropriately cautious – I hope this continues to be the case but I need to stress that the Scottish Government will continue to take the decision we consider to be right for Scotland.

“We will not sign up to decisions that will put our progress at risk.”

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