Travel across Scotland allowed as restrictions eased

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

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Travel within Scotland for outdoor socialising, recreation and exercise is permitted, as of today, Friday April 16.

People must continue to ‘stay local’ for other purposes, such as non-essential shopping, and public transport capacity will continue to be limited.

Outdoor meetings in groups of up to six adults from up to six households is also now allowed, with under-12s not counting towards this limit. Socialising in homes is still not permitted.

The easing of restrictions, announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Tuesday, has been brought forward as data shows ‘continued progress’ on vaccination against Covid-19 and suppression of the virus.

Caution was urged by the First Minister protect against resurgence of the virus — people should plan ahead for any journeys and follow the FACTS advice when out and about.

Restrictions on travel to England and Wales is expected to be lifted on April 26, alongside travel across Scotland for ‘leisure, shopping, visiting hospitality premises or staying in tourism businesses’.