The minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, has outlined the strategy to ease out the coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
Today marks the end of the lockdown which has been going on for the past 66 days in Scotland. Citizens are now permitted to meet up with their family, friends and relatives from different households.
People in both England and Wales from separate households will only be allowed to meet outside in groups of six. In Northern Ireland, from the 8th of June outdoor wedding attendance will be limited to a maximum of ten people.
On Thursday the first minister, Nicola Sturgeon announced the new changes as part of a four-phase “road map” towards the reopening of the economy. She encouraged the people to only go out when necessary in order to limit the spread of the virus.
Ms Sturgeon said that there has been a “sustained and unmistakable” downward trend in the spread of the coronavirus over a number of weeks hence changes can now take place.
Sports and other outdoor activities like sunbathing in parks and open areas, as well as travelling locally for recreation will also be allowed.
The minister of Scotland also looks forward to go out and hang out with family and friends this weekend.
Ms Sturgeon said: “Like everybody else, it will be really difficult not to hug my mum and dad but I know that is for their protection. I have a dilemma because my mum and dad and my sister and niece and nephew don’t live too far apart, so I am going to have to choose one over the other.
“No doubt I’ll be getting lobbied by both of them and if that is not the case then that will be a message in there for me. Maybe they will choose to see each other rather than me over the weekend – who knows.”
The ministers believe that the virus is now spreading at a slower rate than in the past weeks ago.