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Highlands remain at Level One of Covid-19 restrictions as household visits remain banned – First Minister says next week's review is likely to bring changes


By Scott Maclennan

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

There will be no changes to the level of Covid-19 restrictions in place in the Highlands, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed to the Scottish Parliament.

It means that despite being in Tier One visits to other households are still not permitted though pubs, restaurants, shops and hairdressers are open for business.

However, people are able to socialise outside or in a pub or restaurants up to a maximum of six from two separate households.

Ms Sturgeon said that next week's review would be likely be more substantial as there would be an opportunity to conduct a general countrywide assessment.

The First Minister said: "The cabinet when we discussed this earlier today has concluded that we will not propose any changes to the allocation of levels this week.

"The Level Four restrictions currently in place in 11 local authorities will be lifted a week on Friday so as we decide the levels each of these areas will go into we have an opportunity at next week's review to look at the allocation of levels more generally across the country.

"I would flag up right now that is more likely that next week's review will be more substantial than this one.

"For now I can confirm that Highland, Orkney, Shetland, the Western Isles and Moray will all remain at Level One."



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