Scotland will move to the third phase of its four-step plan to ease out of lockdown, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has told the Scottish Parliament.
Up to 15 people from five different households will be allowed to meet outdoors in Scotland from Friday, the First Minister said, as long as social distancing is adhered to.
A maximum of eight people from three different households will also now be able to meet indoors, Nicola Sturgeon said.
She said people should “savour” the moments including the “first-non-amateur haircut in months”, but warned this was a “moment of real danger”.
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Nicola Ferguson Sturgeon is a Scottish politician who is currently serving as the fifth First Minister of Scotland and leader of the Scottish National Party since November 2014. She is the first woman to hold either position.
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Scotland is a country in Western Europe which forms part of the United Kingdom. Its government was joined with that of England’s through the 1707 Acts of Union. A devolved government now administers many of the affairs of the country, though ultimate authority still resides with Westminster. Scotland has a distinct legal system and national sporting associations. 5.2 million people live in Scotland and the largest city in the country is Glasgow, though the capital is Edinburgh where the government sits at the Scottish Parliament opposite Holyrood Palace.