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by Jack Thomson
17 May 2021
Coronavirus restrictions ease for most of Scotland but not Glasgow and Moray

Pubs can service alcohol indoors in level two

Coronavirus restrictions ease for most of Scotland but not Glasgow and Moray

Mainland council areas in Scotland - with the exception of Glasgow and Moray - have moved to level two coronavirus restrictions, while some island communities are now in level one. 

Household visits with a limited number of people return in tier two and pubs and restaurants can serve alcohol indoors until 10.30pm. 

It is no longer necessary to physical distance in a house or private garden, meaning people can hug their loved ones again.

These changes will not go ahead in level three however, where Glasgow and Moray remain because of high rate of COVID-19 cases. 

The most recent data up to 11 May shows the weekly case rate in the former was 80 per 100,000, and 69 in the latter. This compares to 30 cases per 100,000 across the whole of Scotland.

The Scottish Government will review the position in a week and says it will continue to work closely with the two local authorities and health boards to reduce case numbers through enhanced testing and vaccination. 

Despite this, Professor Jason Leitch, Scotland's national clinical director, said Glasgow may well have to remain in level three for a further week because of the "fragile" situation. 

Those who live in Glasgow and Moray have been urged to get tested to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Meanwhile, the First Minister has expressed her anger after thousands of Rangers fans took to the streets of Glasgow on Saturday to celebrate their Scottish Premiership title victory. 

Some police officers were injured and a number of arrests were made as trouble broke out in George Square. 

Nicola Sturgeon tweeted on Sunday: "I’m understandably inundated with messages about y’day’s disgraceful scenes in Glasgow.

"Police still have a job to do, which restrains my comments to some extent - but to say I’m utterly disgusted by the Rangers fans who rampaged through the city would be an understatement.

"I’m also angry on behalf of every law abiding citizen. In normal times, the violence and vandalism, and the vile anti-Catholic prejudice that was on display, would have been utterly unacceptable. 

"But mid-pandemic, in a city with cases on the rise, it was also selfish beyond belief.

"People across the country still living under the most difficult restrictions - not able to see family or attend weddings and funerals - are rightly furious at the irresponsible actions of a thuggish minority who seem to care little for the risks they pose to other people."

She conceded there is a need for the government to "reflect" on whether it can do more to prevent issues like this in the future. 

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