Scotland Eyes 'substantial' Easing Of Virus Curbs From April
Scotland will look to begin a "substantial" easing of coronavirus restrictions from April 26, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Tuesday as she laid out plans to take the country out of lockdown
Edinburgh, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 23rd Feb, 2021 ) :Scotland will look to begin a "substantial" easing of coronavirus restrictions from April 26, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Tuesday as she laid out plans to take the country out of lockdown.
The head of Scotland's devolved government told lawmakers there were "much brighter times ahead", adding that restrictions were working well alongside a mass vaccination programme that was "motoring".
"We can now see a firm way out of this if we all stick together and stick with it," she added.
The first minister, whose government has devolved powers over health policy, indicated the lifting of restrictions on non-essential business would be more cautious than plans outlined for England by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday.
"At that stage, we will begin to reopen the economy and society in the more substantial way that we are all longing for," Sturgeon added, explaining the situation was "extremely positive and promising" but "still quite precarious".
"We are travelling on a one-way road to freedom and we can begin safely to restart our lives in confidence," Johnson said.
He added: "The crocus of hope is poking through the frost and spring is on its way both literally and metaphorically." Scotland, as well as Wales' devolved government, has moved faster to reopen schools than England. Primary school students in Scotland aged between four and seven returned to the classroom on Monday.
Nearly 1.4 million people in Scotland have received a first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, Sturgeon said.
Unlike Johnson, Sturgeon did not give details on the further reopening but said in mid-March she would lay out plans for reopening into April and May "and into a summer when we hope, really hope, to be living with much greater freedoms than we are today".