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Two-metre rule about 'personality and politics', says scientist

The decision over the two-metre social distancing rule in Scotland is one of "personality and politics", a scientist has claimed.

Professor Hugh Pennington said the decision to reduce the distance is a political one, given how new Covid-19 is and the fact advice being given to both administrations will be "largely the same".

Writing in the Scottish Daily Mail, Prof Pennington said should there be a localised outbreak - in a place such as a bar - when the rule is relaxed then it could simply be shut down and the rest of the population will not be impacted.

Boris Johnson announced on Tuesday that social distancing will be relaxed to one metre plus in England from July 4 but Nicola Sturgeon said the two metre rule will remain in Scotland for now.

National Trust for Scotland prepares to reopen gardens

The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) is preparing to reopen dozens of gardens and estates as lockdown eases around the country.

It hopes to welcome visitors to around 30 places from July 6 onwards, including Culzean Country Park in South Ayrshire, Threave Garden in Dumfries and Galloway and Crathes Castle's garden and estate in Aberdeenshire.

The charity closed all of its properties in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, though it has reopened countryside sites such as St Abb's Head National Nature Reserve and The Pineapple near Stirling to local visitors in line with Scottish Government guidelines in recent weeks.

It is facing a £28 million shortfall due to the coronavirus pandemic and 429 staff have been put at risk of redundancy.

Nicola Sturgeon at FMQs LIVE:

The First Minister urged Scottish people to continue to follow Government advice to ensure that Covid-19 continues to be suppressed.

She said: "The choices we have made to date as individuals, and collectively as a society, have brought us this far - albeit with a lot of sorrow along the way.

"But arguably, the choices we make in the coming weeks will be even more important - as we learn to work, socialise and live alongside each other again, but in a way that keeps the virus under control.

"For us to meet each other indoors again, for more businesses to reopen, for children to return to school on a full time basis in August - all of that depends on all of us acting for the common good."

Nicola Sturgeon at FMQs LIVE:

The First Minister warned that if the Covid-19 virus begins to take hold again, then the move out of lockdown "will be halted".

Nicola Sturgeon said: "Our challenge - not an easy one - is to manage all of this change while keeping the virus firmly under control. If at any stage there appears to be a risk of its resurgence, our path out of lockdown will be halted and we may even have to go backwards.

"To avoid that, we must get as close as possible to elimination of the virus now and build confidence in our ability to control it in future through surveillance, testing, contact tracing and, where necessary, targeted suppression measures.

"If we can do that, then the move from phase 3 to phase 4 will become possible, perhaps as we go into August.

"That won't be easy and it certainly cannot be taken for granted. But we can all play a part in making it happen."

Nicola Sturgeon at FMQs LIVE:

As part of the updated route map for Scotland, the First Minister also announced that she hopes phase three will begin on July 9, after the regular review.

She said that she does not expect all of the phase three easing to happen at one time, however, households will be able to meet more people outdoors from July 10, as well as seeing an expansion of the extended household model.

Shopping centres will reopen on July 15, along with all holiday accommodation, should the suppression of the virus continue.

Pubs and restaurants will be able to open on the same date, subject to physical distancing measures along with "a number of conditions" being followed, Ms Sturgeon said.

The First Minister also said that barbers and hairdressers will also be able to open from July 15.

Nicola Sturgeon at FMQs LIVE: First Minister says if we succeed in suppressing the virus the prize is getting back to more normality

Nicola Sturgeon daily news briefing live: "indicative dates"

People can meet in extended groups outdoors(with physical distancing) -10 July

Households can meet indoors with up to a maximum of two other households (with physical distancing) -10 July 

Organised outdoor contact sports can resume for children and young people (subject to guidance) -13 July

All dental practices begin to see registered patients for non-aerosol routine care. Work will begin to return aerosol generating procedures to practice safely -13 July

Increasing capacity within community optometry practices for emergency and essential eye care -13 July

Non-essential shops inside shopping centres can re-open (following guidance and with physical distancing) -13 July

All holiday accommodation permitted (following relevant guidance) -15 July

Indoor hospitality (subject to physical distancing rules and public health advice) -15 July

Hairdressers and barbers - with enhanced hygiene measures -15 July

Museums, galleries, cinemas, monuments, libraries - with physical distancing and other measures (e.g.ticketing in advance) -15 July

All childcare providers can open subject to individual provider arrangements -15 July

Nicola Sturgeon daily news briefing live: Hairdressers and barbers to reopen for 15 July

Nicola Sturgeon at FMQs LIVE:

The FM details the guidance in FACTS:

Face coverings in enclosed spaces

Avoid crowded places

Clean hands and surfaces regularly

Two metre distancing

Self-isolate and book a test if you have symptoms.

Nicola Sturgeon says R number is currently estimated to be between 0.6 and 0.8

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