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Nicola Sturgeon: aim is to remove physical distancing

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today confirmed that Scotland should move out of Covid restrictions by early August.

Ms Sturgeon said the majority of Scotland will remain in level one restrictions, with most of the central belt including Edinburgh and Glasgow remaining in level two until 19 July.

Physical distancing will then move to one metre from two, and the requirement to socially distance outside will be dropped.

Ms Sturgeon said she expects a further lifting of the “major” restrictions on 9 August.

Cases of Covid-19 have been steadily rising since early May with transmission believed to be driven by the new Delta variant.

The First Minister said: “Ultimately we hope to remove the legal requirement for physical distancing – even though we may for a period continue to advise people to think about safe distancing when interacting with people outside their close contact groups.”

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