Edinburgh set to remain in level two restrictions until June 28
Edinburgh is set to remain in level two restrictions until June 28, the Scottish Government has confirmed.
Nicola Sturgeon has announced a change to restrictions in Scotland from midnight on Friday, with some islands will be moved to level zero, while much of the mainland moved to level one.
However, 14 council areas will remain in level two – including Edinburgh and Midlothian.
East and West Lothian will move to level one.
Glasgow which had been in level three due to high case numbers, will move to level two.
The First Minister did not announce regular review points for those areas left behind in higher levels of restrictions, as were held for Glasgow and Moray when they were kept in level three.
A spokesperson for the Scottish Government confirmed that no further review points are scheduled until June 28.
Nicola Sturgeon had previously set out plans for the whole of Scotland to move to level one from June 7, and then to level zero from June 28.
Ms Sturgeon told MSPs she hopes that Scotland can keep on the “right track” in terms of easing of restrictions.
“The vaccines are changing the game,” she said on Tuesday.
" And that means we can still be optimistic about our chances of much more normality over the summer and beyond.
"Indeed, in the days ahead, and while it may still feel a way off for many of us, we will publish more detailed work on what we expect life beyond level 0 to look like, as that greater normality returns. Indeed, one reason for proceeding with more caution now, is to make it easier in the future to resume our progress to level zero - and then beyond.”
Edinburgh and Midlothian, Dundee, East Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire, the three Ayrshire areas, North and South Lanarkshire and Clackmannanshire and Stirling will stay in level two, while the Western Isles, Shetland and Orkney will move to level zero.
There are fewer restrictions on events in level one, with 200 people able to attend indoors and 1,000 allowed freestanding outdoors, in contrast to 100 and 500 in level two.
Up to eight people can meet in pubs and restaurants indoors, rather than six in level two, and 12 can meet in hospitality venues outdoors.