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2/23, 3:58 PM (Source: TeleTrader)
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Sturgeon unveils lockdown easing plan for Scotland

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon laid out on Tuesday the roadmap for the easing of coronavirus restrictions until the end of April, following a similar plan for England revealed by the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday. However, Sturgeon warned that the timetable "depends on us continuing to suppress the virus now - and continuing to accept some trade-offs for a period, for example on international travel."

The roadmap consists of four phases. The first phase started on Monday and includes the opening of some schools and visits to care homes. The second could start from March 15 with more schools reopening and relaxing the rules for outdoor meetings. The next phase could be authorized around April 5, with the removal of the stay-at-home requirement and the expansion of the list of essential retailers. Finally, around April 26 Scotland could return to the levels system, with some regions relaxing restrictions faster than others, enabling "the graduated opening up of economic and social activity."

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