Four people from two households will be able to meet outdoors in Scotland from Friday, Nicola Sturgeon has announced.
Speaking to the Scottish parliament, the first minister said the next step in the easing of Scotland’s lockdown would now happen three days sooner than planned.
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Ms Sturgeon had previously aimed to relax the rules on outdoor mixing on 15 March, but she has now sped up that timetable as she noted how meeting outdoors “can be hugely beneficial for our wellbeing”.
Meetings of groups of four from two households will be allowed to happen locally in any outdoor space, including in private gardens, while people should only go indoors if it is essential to reach a back garden, or go to the toilet.
The first minister also announced:
• Outdoor non-contact sports and group exercise will also resume for adults in groups of up to to 15 people from Friday
• Young people aged 12 to 17 will be able to meet outdoors in groups of up to four people from four different households
• Travel restrictions will be eased slightly for young people taking part in sport where their club may be “a bit outside” their council area
• Communal worship in Scotland will restart from 26 March, with a limit of 50 people at services.
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