By Emma Raeburn Anderson
Most of Scotland is seeing lockdown restrictions eased next week, as confirmed by First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.
From 17 May, most of the country will move down to level two, excluding Moray which have to remain in Level 3 due to a surge in cases.
In level two up to six people from three households are able to meet in their homes and stay overnight.
“I actually feel a wee bit emotional saying this… from Monday, as long as you stay within permitted limits, you can hug your loved ones again,” Nicola Sturgeon announced today.
As well as this, restaurants and pubs can open entirely and serve customers indoors.
Other entertainment including cinemas and bingo halls will be able to reopen, as well as bringing back concerts – even if it is at a limited capacity.
As of Monday, Scotland will also have a traffic light system for coronavirus risk while travelling internationally.
The 12 countries are the same as England’s list, which includes Iceland, Portugal and New Zealand.
Several of the islands will also be able to move down to Level one, with the exception of Skye who will be brought down to level 2.
On April 26 most of the country moved into level three, which allowed for non-essential shops, gyms, pubs, restaurants, and cafes to open.