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One metre rule ‘game changer’ for hospitality trade

Pub and restaurant owners have said the Scottish government’s plan to allow businesses to reduce social distancing – with adequate signage – is a “game changer”. Several said it would mean the difference between opening or not, and “wholeheartedly” welcomed the proposal. Currently businesses must operate under a two-metre rule, but this may be reduced …

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Coronavirus: Scotland’s five-mile travel limit lifted

The five-mile travel limit has been lifted and self-contained holiday accommodation can now reopen as virus restrictions in Scotland are eased. Visits to care homes can also now resume, and physical distancing rules for young people have been relaxed. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon urged Scots to “behave responsibly” and be “sensitive” to rural communities. The …

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Closed theatres wrapped in pink ribbon messages of support

Empty theatre buildings nationwide have been covered in colourful messages of support, as they remain closed due to Covid-19 concerns. The National Theatre in London has been wrapped in bright pink barrier tape, which reads “Missing Live Theatre”. The project, led by stage designers group Scene Change, also includes the Manchester Royal Exchange and Royal …

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Hearts and Partick Thistle relegation case will go to arbitration

Hearts and Partick Thistle have lost their fight to have their respective relegations overturned by the courts – but say they will “pursue the same outcome in a different forum”. Lord Clark said the rules of the football authorities mean the case must be heard by an independent tribunal set up through the Scottish FA …

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Coronavirus: Nicola Sturgeon attacks ‘shambolic’ air bridges decision

The UK government’s decision-making on air bridges has been “shambolic”, Scotland’s first minister has claimed. Nicola Sturgeon criticised the speed at which Westminster expected Scottish ministers to make a decision on lifting quarantine on overseas visitors. But she said the Scottish government was “very likely” to agree to relaxing restrictions for people arriving in Scotland …

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