Scots set for return to the hills from Friday

In a surprise announcement today, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that restrictions on travel within Scotland are to be lifted from this Friday 16th April. It had been expected that this was to happen on 26th April, but it has been brought forward “to benefit people’s mental health”.

Bla Bheinn on the Isle of Skye

All categories of accommodation still remain closed until the planned reopening on 26th April, when it is also expected that travel into Scotland from the other UK nations will also be permitted. Also from 26th, upto 6 people will be able to meet outdoors – currently there is a maximum of 4 from 2 different households.

The changes came after the First Minister confirmed that the target of offering a first dose of the vaccine to all over 50 year olds had been met.

The news means that residents of Scotland’s main cities and the central belt will once again be able to undertake day trips to the hills from Friday.

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