Easing of lockdown means new rules to apply across the UK – BBC News

People in Scotland have been allowed to meet friends and family in small groups outdoors, for the first time since lockdown measures were introduced in late March.

It comes as Wales’ First Minister announced plans for relaxing restrictions there, with Boris Johnson saying yesterday that some measures in England would also be eased, from Monday.

Clive Myrie presents BBC News at Ten reports from Scotland Editor Sarah Smith, Hywel Griffith in Wales, Duncan Kennedy in the New Forest and Health Correspondent Catherine Burns.

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