COMPULSORY masks will remain in Scotland for “some time to come”, Nicola Sturgeon announced today in a stark departure from Boris Johnson.
The cautious First Minister confirmed the country will move to Level 0 next Monday – but swathes of restrictions will be kept.
Speaking this afternoon at a virtual meeting of the Holyrood Parliament she said scrapping Covid measures would “put all of us at greater risk”.
Work from home guidance will also stay ahead of a “gradual” return to offices ahead of the binning of most curbs on August 9.
Ms Sturgeon said: “So while Scotland will move to Level 0 from next Monday, we will do so with certain modifications to our indicative plans.
“This is intended to ensure that our pace of easing restrictions is sensible in light of the challenge we continue to face from the Delta variant.
“And I will confirm that certain mitigations – such as the mandatory wearing of face coverings – will remain in place, not just now but, in all likelihood, for some time to come.
“Measures like the continued wearing of face coverings are important, not just to give added protection to the population as a whole, but also to give protection and assurance to those amongst us who are particularly vulnerable and previously had to shield.”
Moving to Level 0 means eight people can meet inside homes, or up to 10 in a pub or 15 outdoors.
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