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Most of the remaining legal coronavirus restrictions will be lifted from Monday in Sutherland and the rest of Scotland First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced

By Ian Duncan

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Nicola Sturgeon.
Nicola Sturgeon.

Most of the remaining Covid-19 restrictions will be lifted from next Monday the First Minister has announced.

Speaking in Holyrood today Nicola Sturgeon told MSPs that the virus represented a "medium threat" but they were optimistic that this would move to low level over spring.

She said: "As a result we consider that the overall transition signalled in the strategic framework remains appropriate. We should and will continue the transition away from legal requirements to advice and guidance instead."

From Friday, in line with other UK nations, Covid-19 related travel restrictions will be lifted.

And, from Monday, remaining domestic legal measures will be removed, with one exception, to be replaced with advice and guidance.

This would include the requirement for businesses to keep customer contact details and to take reasonably practical measures in following Scottish Government guidance.

The exception is that the requirement to wear face coverings on public transport and indoor settings will stay in place.

Ms Sturgeon said: "Given the current spike in case numbers we considered it prudent to retain this requirement and regulation for a further short period."

This will be reviewed over the next two weeks and it is expected that it will be then converted to guidance in early April.

Over the next month, until Easter, she said there would be no change in advice regarding testing.

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