Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is expected to announce a delay to the easing of lockdown restrictions by three weeks.
The country is due to move to the lowest level of its five-tier system on June 28, but Sturgeon has said this is now looking ‘unlikely’, to give more people the chance to be vaccinated against Covid-19.
A formal decision will not be taken until next week, as Sturgeon announced yesterday that it was ‘reasonable to indicate now that I think it unlikely that any part of the country will move down a level’ as planned.
UKHospitality Scotland executive director, Leon Thompson, said the news added ‘continuing uncertainty for hospitality businesses, with many struggling to keep trading in the face of restrictions’.
He says: “Level 0 is not the end and there will still be significant restrictions on hospitality, so it was good to hear the First Minister refer again to publishing details of life beyond the current strategic framework and the promised review of physical distancing. Without this information businesses cannot begin to plan for the future and we look forward to seeing the details as quickly as possible.”
If delayed, the country’s mainland council areas will remain in either level one or level two, although many island communities including Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles are already in level zero.
This week Boris Johnson announced a four-week delay to the easing of restrictions in England, with rules not set to be relaxed until July 19.