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Scotland’s Phase 2 in easing of lockdown maintains the 5-mile leisure travel rule

Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that Scotland is to move into Phase 2 of its easing of lockdown today, but the main message is still to stay local until the proposed resumption of tourism on July 15.

As two deaths were registered overnight and with 23 people still in intensive care, the First Minister said: “At this point, for leisure and recreation purposes, we are asking people not to travel more than around five miles or so from their home." On being questioned later she re-iterated that prople should not to go more than five miles for leisure, and not go to visit beauty spots and respect the five-mile rule. She did however it was hoped that this would be lifted on July 15. She added that does not apply to meeting family and friends, which from tomorrow means people are able to meet with up to two other households outdoors – though the group size should still not exceed eight, and that these meetings should still generally be outdoors, though people can now go inside to use other’s toilets.

One immediate change is that people who are shielding – ie, those most at risk from Covid-19 and who have therefore been advised up until now to stay inside completely – is now able to go outdoors to exercise, ie walk, wheel or cycle.

The next stage of lifting of lockdown starts on June 29 and includes the opening of retail stores (but only if they have outdoor entrances and exits) and some indoor workplaces will be able to re-open in keeping with physical distancing, hygiene and health and safety guidance. This includes factories, laboratories and warehouses. Home working should still be the norm whenever possible, she added.

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