Scotland will return to a tiered system from the last week of April, said Nicola Sturgeon, confirming that her ‘cadre’ would be shifted by three weeks – two weeks faster than England.
The Prime Minister told MSPs that the five-tier system is expected to see the whole country move to Level 4 and drop to Level 3, which would see sectors such as non-essential retail reopen from April 26. 5.
She said: “So it is from the last week of April that we expect to see a gradual but significant reopening of the economy, including non-essential retail, hospitality and services like gyms and hairdressers.
“And, of course, the more we get vaccinated and the more we all play by the rules now, the faster that safety rate is likely to be – if we all stick together, our progress will be greater.”
Nursing home restrictions will be eased starting in early March, and from March 15, the next phase of the return to schools – including elementary school students and some high school students – will begin. The outdoor mix will also be increased to four people from two households.
Community worship can also resume, Ms. Sturgeon said, although “it may be a few days earlier” if necessary for holidays such as Passover and Easter.
Ms Sturgeon said she hoped to be able to give more details in mid-March on the easing of restrictions in Scotland, but that she would “seek to speed up” changes where possible. She added that she was “optimistic” about restoring “more normalcy” to people’s lives in the months to come.
It comes as students in grades 1 through 3 returned to school full time on February 22, along with all out-of-school children in early learning and child care programs. A “limited number” of secondary school pupils can also return part-time to allow practical work in class, necessary for obtaining national diplomas from the same date.
In addition, there is a “limited increase in provisions for vulnerable children”.
Mainland Scotland was placed on lockdown on January 4 to tackle the growing spread of the new strain of coronavirus. The measures include a legally enforceable home maintenance order.
In addition, take out and hot drinks can only be served outside of a building and a ban has been imposed on public alcohol consumption in level 4 areas, including those purchased. in take-out services.
New guidelines for these shields were also introduced. If you protect but can’t work from home, don’t go to work – the chief medical officer will write anything that applies to what acts as a doctor’s note.
How many vaccinations have taken place in Scotland?
As of February 23, 1,465,241 people had received their first vaccine in Scotland after the deployment began on January 16.
Nicola Sturgeon announced on February 15 that the Scottish government had reached its goal of offering the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine to all members of the four main priority groups.
Ms Sturgeon said there had been a “temporary decline” in vaccinations given in Scotland, due to an expected drop in supply and an increase in second doses being deployed.
However, the Prime Minister stressed that the program was continuing on schedule, as she confirmed that all adults in Scotland should be offered a first dose of the Covid vaccine by the end of July.