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by Staff reporter
19 July 2021
Sturgeon urges caution as COVID restrictions ease to level zero

Sturgeon urges caution as COVID restrictions ease to level zero

The whole of Scotland as moved to level zero - the lowest level of COVID restrictions since the numbered system was introduced.

The move means more people will be allowed to meet indoors, while larger numbers will be allowed at weddings and funerals.

Despite the easing of restrictions, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has urged caution and said the mandatory use of face coverings will remain in place for "some time".

Yesterday the first minister tweeted: "Cases in Scotland are falling, but still too high.

"To talk of tomorrow as 'freedom day' (England only remember) is not sensible IMO, given current situation.

"Vaccines going well and do offer route through - but as we vaccinate, we must ease up gradually."

She added: "If you live in or visiting Scotland please abide by remaining safety measures."

The move comes as nearly all COVID restrictions are lifted in England, including social distancing. 

On Sunday, both Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak pulled out of a pilot scheme that would have exempted them from following self-isolation rules, in a major and swift government U-turn.

Downing Street faced a backlash when it announced that its participation in a little-known workplace daily testing scheme meant the Prime Minister and Chancellor would not be required to follow self-isolation rules in full, despite coming into contact with health secretary Sajid Javid who tested positive for the coronavirus on Saturday.

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