Argyll to stay in Covid level one

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon addressed Holyrood

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Argyll and Bute will keep its Level One status despite increasing Covid cases.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced at this afternoon’s Holyrood update that all current levels across Scotland will remain in force until July 19 so more people can be vaccinated.

She said if government aims are met she hoped all parts of the country  can move to Level 0 then.

Major  legal restrictions could be lifted on August 9, she said, but minor changes as from Monday include live entertainment being allowed at weddings but no dancing. People accompanying the couple down the aisle will  no longer need to wear face masks and those working at weddings will no longer count towards the total number of people attending.
For funerals, people from more than one household will  be allowed to carry a coffin.

The government will not be advising an immediate return to full office working on  August 9 and Ms Sturgeon suggested home-working should be more possible post Covid than it was before.

The government will continue to keep the need for travel restrictions under review and it is likely  some targeted restrictions will still be needed after August 9.

The government will also be working over the summer to plan for the return of schools, colleges and universities.

The First Minister gave her heartfelt thanks to people working in education saying ‘This will have been the toughest and most distressing  year of your career, thank you for keeping it going.’

Also in her update, Ms Sturgeon warned: ‘The virus is still with us. But the vaccines are protecting more of us.’

All priority groups one to nine will be fully vaccinated by the end of next week and by July 18  all adults will have had their first dose. Second doses for all adults should be completed by September 12, she said.

And added she  hoped the nation would not see a further variant of the virus but  needed to be able to respond if it happened.

There could be booster jabs in the autumn and potential vaccinations for 12 to 17-year-olds.