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Scotland and Wales lifts 5-mile travel restriction ruling for leisure

Scotland and Wales took a step closer to opening up fishing across both countries with announcements from both governments.

Scotland has lifted the five-mile radius restriction on leisure purposes from today (July 3), with First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon warning visitors to rural areas to “behave responsibly and be “sensitive” to rural communities.This does not apply however to parts of Dumfries and Galloway, following a cross-border cluster of coronavirus cases and where there are 11 positive cases.

In addition, self-catering holiday accommodation, including caravans, can also now resume. Although some camp-sites in the north are reported to remain closed, in order to protect the local resident population. National Parks are also going through a phased approach to opening, so potential visitors are warned to check and plan ahead before travelling.

Scots are still reminded that the overall message is that they are still required to stay at home and practise social distancing.

Meanwhile, in Scotland, it rained all day.

In Wales, where two more people died from coronavirus but deaths have been falling steadily, it has been announced that the five-mile rule travel restrictions will be lifted from Monday, July 6. Make Drakeford announced the end of the ‘stay local’ rule today (July 3), and people will now be allowed to travel through Wales, in order to support outdoor attractions. The tourism sector, however, still awaits a decision on self-contained holiday accommodation, which will be considered for re-opening by the Welsh government on July 11.

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