'Lockdown to slowdown'

Relief for some as Sturgeon urges continued caution

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Pubs can serve customers indoors in Level 2

Nicola Sturgeon eased the lockdown pressures on businesses today but erred on the side of caution by keeping some parts of Scotland under tight restrictions.

Half of local authority areas will move to Level 1 – effectively near-normal – on Saturday which is earlier than planned. But Glasgow will join 13 others that remain in Level 2.

There had been expectations that the whole country could move to level one next week.

The First Minister warned that we are “still not quite there yet” and must “err on the side of caution” until more of the population has had both injections of the vaccine.

She said she does “not want to keep a single part of this country in tougher restrictions or any restrictions for longer than necessary.

“But I do have a duty to continue to navigate us through this safely and where necessary cautiously so that we can keep our progress overall.”

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