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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: Latest updates on Friday

Last updated: Friday, 03 July, 2020, 10:59

  • Five mile travel limit no longer active in Scotland
  • Self-contained, self-catering  holiday accommodation can reopen today
  • One new death from Covid-19 registered in Scotland

Arts sector ‘will not recover’ from pandemic without further support, says Scottish Labour

Jobs in the arts and music industries must be protected and need a clear plan for support, Scottish Labour has said.

With shows and live gigs unable to take place under current lockdown restrictions, the Scottish Government has been urged to provide a "creative arts recovery package" to help the industry and protect jobs.

In a letter to Economy, Fair Work and Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop, Scottish Labour's culture spokeswoman Claire Baker warned the sector "will not recover" without further support.

Ms Baker said: "The pressures on our creative sector are mounting every day, and the support that the Scottish Government should have put in place weeks ago has not materialised.

Health workers deserve early pay rise, unions tell Boris Johnson

The Government is being urged to build on the huge public support shown for the NHS during the virus pandemic by giving health workers an early pay rise.

Unions representing more than 1.3 million nurses, cleaners, physiotherapists, healthcare assistants, dieticians, radiographers, porters, midwives, paramedics and other NHS employees have written to the Chancellor and the Prime Minister calling for pay talks to start soon.

The unions, including Unison, the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Midwives, GMB, Unite, and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, said the pandemic has made the dedication and commitment of NHS staff plain for all to see.

Health workers are nearing the end of a three-year pay deal, and unions believe the Government should provide funding for an early pay rise for all NHS staff, including domestics, catering workers, security guards and other support staff working for private contractors.

Only one in three Newcastle pubs planning to open for ‘Super Saturday’

Just one in three pubs, bars and restaurants in Newcastle city centre will reopen for business on Saturday, a council spokesman said.

A number of pubs on Tyneside have already stated they do not want to join the rush to reopen on so-called Super Saturday, fearing "total chaos" as drinkers head out to enjoy their first poured pint in months.

Council figures show around 30% of licensees in the city centre have stated they will definitely welcome patrons once again on Saturday.

A further 10% said they plan to open later in the month, once the initial rush has passed.

Another 35% said they have not yet decided whether to open this month, with the remainder not stating their plans to licensing officials.

Nearly 20,000 care home deaths from coronavirus in England and Wales

Almost 20,000 care home residents in England and Wales have died with coronavirus either at their care home or in hospital, official figures show.

Death certificates for 19,394 residents mentioned "novel coronavirus" between March 2 and June 12, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said.

Covid-19 accounted for 29% of the deaths of care home residents over this period and a fifth of all deaths of care home residents this year.

The latest data includes all care home residents who died with coronavirus either at their care home or in hospital.

This pushes the overall care home resident death figure 32% higher than the 14,658 deaths in care homes reported by the ONS on Tuesday.

Three quarters of residents died in their care home while a quarter died in hospital, the figures show.

Cruise industry prepares for phased return

The cruise industry is planning a phased return to sailings after being one of the sectors worst-hit by the coronavirus crisis.

The industry generates £10 billion for the UK economy every year, and supports more than 40,000 direct jobs and tens of thousands of others in the supply chain and around ports.

Cruises were halted around the world earlier this year, shattering the holiday plans of hundreds of thousands of people, and causing huge economic damage to ports, including dozens in the UK.

Andy Harmer, director of the Cruise Lines International Association, said the industry has since been working to ensure a safe return to business, from the time passengers leave their homes, to when they are on board a vessel.

Scottish Government ‘disappointed’ over Grant Shapps' air bridges announcement

The US and Greece are excluded from a list of around 60 countries and overseas territories that English holidaymakers can visit without needing to self-isolate on their return, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has revealed.

Quarantine restrictions for people returning to or visiting England from destinations such as Spain, France, Italy and Germany will be lifted from July 10.

A spokesman for the Scottish Government said it was "disappointing" that the UK Government announced its plan "before a four nations agreement has been reached".

First Minister’s daily briefing details

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will hold a virtual coronavirus briefing at 12.30pm, with Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture Fiona Hyslop and national clinical director Jason Leitch.

Boris Johnson urges Britons to ‘enjoy summer sensibly’

Boris Johnson has urged Britons to "enjoy summer sensibly" ahead of the easing of lockdown restrictions in England on Saturday.

The Prime Minister told LBC: "Tomorrow we come to step three of the plan that I set out on May 10, that everybody, I think, has understood, or huge numbers of people have understood and followed very carefully and very closely.

"And it's because people stuck to that plan that we're now able to carefully and cautiously open up hospitality tomorrow.

"And my message is really for people to enjoy summer sensibly and make sure that it all works."

Scotland's five-mile travel limit lifted for the first time in months

Scotland’s five-mile travel limit has been lifted and self-contained holiday accommodation can now reopen as Covid-19 restrictions continue to be eased across the nation.

With the country now in phase two of its lockdown exit plan, several restrictions have been relaxed across the country. However, the changes to the five-mile rule do not apply to at risk areas in Dumfries and Galloway.

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Scotland's five-mile travel limit lifted for the first time in months

The five-mile travel limit in Scotland has been lifted.

Glasgow museums and gyms prepare to reopen during August

Museums, gyms and libraries are expected to begin to reopen in Glasgow throughout August and September.

Glasgow Life has announced a timetable for reopening, which will see community facilities relaunch first in July to provide essential childcare as people begin to return to work, and the reopening of facilities through phases till October.

The second phase in August will see buildings such as the Kelvingrove and Riverside museums, as well as fitness centres, outdoor football pitches and libraries, reopen.

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is planned to reopen at reduced capacity from the week beginning August 17 along with Glasgow Green Football Centre on the same date.

From the week beginning August 31, the Riverside Museum will reopen at reduced capacity as will gym and fitness studios at the Emirates Arena.

Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre to be wrapped in colourful message of hope

Theatre buildings around the UK - including Edinburgh’s Royal Lyceum Theatre - are to be wrapped in colourful messages of hope as they remain closed due to the coronavirus crisis.

The National Theatre on London's South Bank will be wrapped in bright pink barrier tape reading "Missing Live Theatre" as part of a project by stage designers group Scene Change.

Theatres have been devastated by the closures caused by the pandemic, and it has been warned that 70% of performing arts companies will close by Christmas if there is no government rescue package.

The Manchester Royal Exchange, Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh, Lyric Belfast, and the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff will also take part on Friday, while others throughout London's West End will join in on Saturday.

The RSC, Sadler's Wells, Theatr Clwyd, Theatre Royal Stratford East, Sheffield Theatres, Ambassador Theatre Group, Theatre Royal Plymouth will take part the following week.

Restrictions on international travel continue in Scotland

Devolved administrations have failed to reach agreement with the UK Government on a plan to restart international travel, meaning an announcement on the lifting of 14 day quarantine for international arrivals applies to England only.

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England to stop quarantine for 'low risk' nations - but restrictions remain in Scotland

Devolved administrations have failed to reach agreement with the UK Government on a plan to restart international travel, meaning an announcement on the lifting of 14 day quarantine for international arrivals applies to England only.

Business leaders draw up plans to aid Covid-19 recovery

Leading business figures have come together to develop proposals to ensure the UK emerges from the coronavirus crisis with a "stronger and fairer" economy.

The Covid-19 Recovery Commission will aim to produce "bold and practical policy ideas" to support higher productivity and to encourage business investment across the country.

The move comes as a series of major employers have been announcing heavy job losses with the Government's furlough scheme starting to unwind from the beginning of August.

The commission - which has been put together by the WPI Strategy consultancy - will be chaired by John Allan, chairman of Tesco, Barratt Developments and the Council of Imperial College London.

Other members include Babcock chairwoman Ruth Cairnie, Heathrow Airport chief executive John Holland-Kaye, Vodafone UK chief executive Nick Jeffery, AstraZeneca UK president Tom Keith-Roach, and Shell UK chairwoman Sinead Lynch.

Youth climate strike group to protest outside First Minister’s briefing

The Scottish Youth Climate Strike group is to stage a protest outside the First Minister's daily coronavirus briefing on Friday, calling for a green recovery from the pandemic.

Environmental activists say their demonstration at St Andrew's House in Edinburgh will be socially distanced with all participants at least two metres apart.

The group organised a series of climate change strikes and demonstrations last year, including one in September which drew thousands to cities across Scotland.

During lockdown, campaigners say they have been "digitally striking" and spreading their message online.

Friday's protest is due to take place between noon and 2pm outside the Scottish Government offices.

500 new jobs as Scottish Ambulance Service takes charge of mobile Covid-19 testing

Around 500 new jobs will be created in the Scottish Ambulance Service (SAS) when it takes charge of mobile Covid-19 testing units north of the border.

While the Armed Forces currently run these testing centres, responsibility for them will transfer to the ambulance service from the start of September.

With the number of mobile testing units also due to be expanded from 13 to 18 by July 15, recruitment for new staff is now underway - with the jobs to remain in place for as long as the service is needed.

Health secretary Jeane Freeman said transferring control over mobile testing units to the SAS would help ensure they can play a "sustaintable, long-term response to the pandemic".

The mobile units operate alongside static drive-through testing centres and coronavirus testing in hospitals and care homes.

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