Coronavirus in Scotland: Stay at home order to lift as some shops and hairdressers prepare to open

The First Minister has announced a change to the current lockdown restrictions at an afternoon press conference on Tuesday.

From Friday, April 2, the ‘stay at home’ message will be lifted and replaced with a ‘Stay Local’ one.

People are still asked to remain in their local council area.

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From Monday, April 5, more retailers will be allowed to open and click and collect permitted.

Students may return to come University and College campuses for in person teaching.

Hairdressers and barbers may open again although will be appointment open, and outdoor contact sports for ages 12-17 may resume.

In her Tuesday press conference, Nicola Sturgeon said: “From Friday, the current stay at home rule will be lifted.

"That, of course, is a rule that currently applies across all of Scotland except for some of our island communities.

"However, and this is really important, the stay at home rule is being replaced, for the next three weeks at least, by a requirement to stay local.

"That means the current travel restrictions, which prevent non-essential travel outside your own local authority area, will remain in place for another three weeks.

"I fully understand how frustrating that is for everybody. I share that frustration.

"Like many of you, my family live in a different local authority to the one I live in and so like anyone with loved ones in a different part of the country, I desperately want to see them in person.

"But the requirement to stay local is there for the moment for a good reason.”

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