One year on from first Covid-19 lockdown

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon spoke before parliament on Tuesday.

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Fifty per cent of Campbeltown patients vaccinated as First Minister reveals next steps out of lockdown

One year on from the first UK-wide lockdown to prevent the spread of Covid-19, more than half of Campbeltown Medical Practice’s patients have received their first dose of the Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine.

In a social media statement last Saturday (March 13), a spokesperson for the medical practice revealed that 55 per cent of its practice population – patients aged over 16 years – have now received their first dose.

The spokesperson said: ‘Thank you to all patients who have attended so far, the uptake has been outstanding and this is very encouraging.

‘Thank you also to our staff who are working extremely hard to keep the practice running smoothly and providing our normal day-to-day service plus organising and carrying out Covid vaccination clinics, and to hospital staff carrying out vaccinations of front-line workers, residents and staff of the care home and carers. What a great team we have.

‘Special mention also to Jamie Girvan and postal workers at our local Royal Mail who have gone beyond the call of duty ensuring our vaccination appointments are delivered, more often than not, at very short notice.’

It comes almost exactly a year after restrictions were first put in place across the UK in a bid to halt the spread of coronavirus.

On March 16 2020, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was time for people to ‘stop non-essential contact and travel’.

A week later, on March 23, the Prime Minister officially announced the first lockdown, ordering people to ‘stay at home’ under measures which legally came into force on March 26.

Throughout the last year, restrictions have been relaxed and tightened, on both local and national levels, depending on the Covid-19 infection rates at the time.

On Tuesday this week, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon unveiled major changes planned for April and May with April 26 in particular seeing a ‘significant’ relaxation of lockdown measures.

Most of Scotland has been under level four lockdown since Boxing Day, following a one-day relaxation of rules on Christmas Day, but by April 26 all those areas are expected to move to level three.

Travel across mainland Scotland is also expected to be allowed from April 26, the first minister said.

The date would also see cafés, restaurants and bars again able to serve people ‘outdoors’ in groups of up to six from three households, until 10pm, with alcohol permitted; there will be no requirement to order food.

On that date, it is also hoped that ‘limited indoor hospitality’ will be allowed to reopen, but will be restricted to the serving of food and non-alcoholic drinks until 8pm.

Hairdressers look set to be back from April 5 with indoor hospitality expected to return on May 17.

There is no confirmation yet on allowing people from other households to visit each other indoors but the rule is expected to be lifted by May 17 – if not before, the first minister said.