Nicola Sturgeon will on Tuesday set out extra detailed plans for lifting Scotland‘s lockdown restrictions as new Covid-19 circumstances and deaths proceed to fall and strain on NHS hospitals and employees eases.
Scotland’s youngest schoolchildren resumed classes on Monday and Ms Sturgeon is predicted to announce the loosening of extra guidelines starting in March following months of lockdown.
Beneath present laws, everybody in mainland Scotland and a few islands should keep at dwelling except for important functions corresponding to work and train.
Ms Sturgeon has beforehand warned that any easing of measures will likely be guided by knowledge quite than dates, with a return to “normality” dependent upon falling numbers of Covid-19 hospitalisations.
Prime minister Boris Johnson on Monday revealed his “roadmap” out of England’s lockdown. And whereas Scotland’s won’t be similar, Ms Sturgeon mentioned her plans will likely be “broadly comparable”.
“I feel the ideas would be the similar – we’re dwelling by means of the identical pandemic,” she advised Scotland’s each day Covid-19 briefing.
“There’s a restrict to how a lot it’s wise to diverge within the circumstances we’re dealing with in widespread however clearly we are going to make our personal judgements in regards to the explicit order and the actual timing of that as a result of the info isn’t similar in every of the 4 nations.”
Ms Sturgeon did, nonetheless, affirm there can be an eventual return to the geographical “tier” system introduced in in autumn final yr. Mr Johnson confirmed England wouldn’t reintroduce tiered measures.
The primary minister is predicted to deal with the Scottish parliament at round 2.15pm. We’ll be bringing you particulars of Ms Sturgeon’s speech because it occurs on our liveblog.