Travel restrictions in Scotland are being lifted this week.
Nicola Sturgeon has just ditched the ‘stay local’ advice as covid infections plummet across the country.
She announced the news at an unexpected lunchtime briefing today, and it means that Scots can now travel freely within the country from this Friday.
The news comes two weeks earlier than expected, and in the wake of easing of restrictions south of the border.
She said: “From Friday we will all be able to travel anywhere in Scotland for the purposes of meeting people outdoors and for exercise.”
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The First Minister also changed the rule on the number of people allowed to meet outdoors, raising it to six people from six different households.
She also confirmed further reopening of the economy, including all shops, beers gardens, restaurants, cafes and gyms on April 26.
Scotland’s covid infection rate has fallen dramatically in recent weeks, dropping from an average of 2,000 new cases a day in January to fewer than 300. Hospital, ICU and deaths have also continued to reduce significantly over the same period.
Follow our live blog for everything said at Nicola Sturgeon’s briefing today