Covid-19 restrictions will be eased in parts of Scotland on Saturday, but much of the country will be maintained tougher measures due to spikes in cases of the virus, Nicola Sturgeon said.
The First Minister briefed MSPs in the Scottish Parliament of coronavirus restrictions.
She said parts of Scotland could switch from Level 2 to Level 1 of the five levels of restrictions, which range from 0 to 4.
But Edinburgh and Midlothian, Dundee, East Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire, the three Ayrshire areas, North and South Lanarkshire, and Clackmannanshire and Stirling remain in Level 2.
Glasgow, after easing measures in the rest of the country on Jan.
Glaswegians can drink alcohol indoors, meet in private homes, and hug their loved ones from the weekend onwards.
Those in Level 1 areas can meet in larger groups outside and inside in public places.
The numbers can also rise at events, weddings, and funerals, and indoor pubs may open a little later.
Scotland currently has the highest rate of new Covid-19 cases of any of the UK’s four nations.
However, Ms. Sturgeon said that “there are many parts of mainland Scotland where cases are very low and largely stable, or where case numbers appear to be increasing, but we are assured they relate to clusters that are being administered become”.
Scottish Conservative Leader Douglas Ross previously said areas should not be left behind if restrictions are relaxed.
He said, “Everyone understands that if there is an outbreak, local, targeted action is required.
“But leaving entire areas behind should be ruled out. Comprehensive measures that unnecessarily harm an entire city or an entire municipality are unfair to companies and locals who are waiting to get on with their lives. “
Mr. Ross argued, “It is entirely possible to selectively impose restrictions and concentrate resources in smaller areas. The blanket council-wide approach is not the only plausible option.
“The one-size-fits-all approach should be replaced by targeted interventions to combat local outbreaks.”