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Nicola Sturgeon expected to announce move to phase three of easing lockdown

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will give a statement to the Scottish Parliament outlining how and when further lockdown restrictions will be eased.

Nicola Sturgeon is set to confirm whether Scotland can move into the third phase of its plan for easing coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

Phase three will see customers able to return to hairdressers, restaurants and drink inside pubs, although the First Minister has previously suggested not all restrictions will be lifted at the same time.

Ms Sturgeon will give a statement to the Scottish Parliament on Thursday outlining when and how measures will be lifted.

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According to the Scottish Government’s route map, offices and call centres will also be able to reopen in phase three, while universities and colleges can begin a phased return of in-person teaching – all with physical distancing measures in place.

Depending on the latest public health advice, the First Minister could also announce an easing of restrictions for live events – both indoors and outdoors – as well as the reopening of gyms.

Non-essential shopping centres could also be able to reopen, along with holiday accommodation.

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Public transport is due to resume more services, albeit with reduced capacity and with face coverings mandatory for most passengers.

Places of worship are also expected to be able to reopen during phase three for congregational services and communal prayer, while an easing of restrictions on attendance at funerals, marriages and civil partnerships could also feature in the First Minister’s announcement.

Ms Sturgeon has already confirmed that from Friday, Scots will be able to meet in extended groups outside and a maximum of two other households indoors – if physical distancing is maintained – and that children will be able to play organised outdoor sports from Monday.

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