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Coronavirus: First Minister Sets Out Options For Easing Lockdown

6th May 2020

The Scottish government has set out options for lifting the coronavirus lockdown. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has set out a new paper of options ranging from gradually re-opening schools to letting people gather in larger groups.

The new paper says the current restrictions will not change "until it is safe to do so". It warns that there are still approximately 26,000 infectious people in Scotland, with the number "much too high at present to consider the virus under control".

It sets out a series of options for gradually lifting restrictions, moving towards a "new normal" which could remain in place for the foreseeable future.

Some workplaces could be allowed to re-open, but the paper warns that "restrictions are likely to remain in place for some business activity for some time to come, especially where safe working is harder to achieve".

Ms Sturgeon said "particular consideration" was being given to sectors such as construction, retail and manufacturing - but said "where home working is possible we are likely to insist on that for the foreseeable future".

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