Scotland Reopening: Nicola Sturgeon sends Scots message as shops, pubs and gyms reopen

Nicola Sturgeon has taken to social media to wish businesses well as Scotland’s coronavirus restrictions ease on Monday.

From today (April 26), cafes, restaurants, beer gardens, non-essential shops, gyms, swimming pools, libraries and museums are reopening as the country moves from Level 4 to Level 3 of the Scottish Government’s five tiers of restrictions.

Posting on her Twitter account, Scotland’s First Minister wrote: ‘Best wishes to businesses opening up today.

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‘Recent months have been tough, but your sacrifices have helped save lives - thank you.

‘To those heading to shops/cafes/pubs today - enjoy! But please take care and respect staff asking you to take precautions for your own safety.’

Ms Sturgeon announced last week that the continued suppression of coronavirus and the success of the vaccine rollout meant some restrictions can be lifted today.

Hospitality will need to close at 8pm indoors, with alcohol only allowed to be served outside.

People will be able to meet others for a meal or drink, with up to six people from two households allowed to socialise indoors in a public place such as a cafe or restaurant.

Cafes, beer gardens, non-essential shops and museums are reopening in Scotland on Monday as lockdown easing continues.

Other changes include the resumption of driving lessons and tests while close contact services, such as beauty parlours, can also return.

Funerals and weddings – including post-funeral events and receptions – will be allowed to take place with up to 50 people and alcohol permitted.

Travel between Scotland, England and Wales will be permitted and tourist accommodation can welcome back visitors.

Non-essential work inside people’s homes – such as painting, decorating or repairing – can take place.

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