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Covid in Scotland: Hospitality, gyms and shops to open from Monday
20/04/2021 | news | uk | 2,346
The first minister confirms that the most significant stage in lockdown easing will go ahead as planned.
Covid in Scotland: New draft hospitality guidance a 'bombshell'
19/04/2021 | news | uk | 1,076
The guidance says people from different households have to observe 1m social distancing at pub and restaurant tables.
Majority of secondary pupils return after Easter break
19/04/2021 | news | uk | 244
For many high school students this week marks the first full-time return to classrooms since before Christmas.
Covid in Scotland: What rules are changing, and when?
16/04/2021 | news | uk | 790
As further restrictions are relaxed to ease us out of lockdown, what rules are changing and when?
Covid: How ready is Scotland to unlock?
14/04/2021 | news | uk | 1,371
With the country opening up a little more on Friday, here are five things about the state of the pandemic.
Covid: Travel ban in Scotland to be eased from Friday
13/04/2021 | news | uk | 1,970
People will be allowed to meet in larger groups outdoors and take day trips across Scotland from Friday.
Covid in Scotland: Secondary schools to return full time after Easter
06/04/2021 | news | uk | 1,504
Pupils will no longer have to follow strict two metre physical distancing rules when they return.
Single-use plastic bag charge doubles to 10p in Scotland
01/04/2021 | news | uk | 797
The charge has been 5p since it was introduced in 2014, prompting a drastic decline in plastic bag usage.
Covid in Scotland: 'Stay at home' rule to end on Friday
30/03/2021 | news | uk | 1,947
People are being told to "stay local" and remain within their local council area for the following three weeks.
Scotland election 2021: Leaders go head-to-head in first TV debate
30/03/2021 | news | uk | 3,407
The leaders of Scotland's five larger political parties will take part in the BBC Scotland debate.
Scottish economy 'could regain lost ground in two years'
29/03/2021 | news | uk | 1,619
KPMG analysis suggests Scottish GDP could be boosted by a successful vaccine rollout and "consumer bounce".
NHS staff in Scotland to be offered 4% pay rise
25/03/2021 | news | uk | 3,301
The Scottish government praised staff for their "service and dedication" during the Covid pandemic.
UK seeks to drill more oil and gas from North Sea
24/03/2021 | news | science | 1,081
More oil and gas wells are to be drilled in the North Sea, the UK government announces.
Scotland to get 500,000 fewer Covid vaccine doses
18/03/2021 | news | uk | 2,912
Despite the supply issues, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says the government expects to meet its mid-April targets.
Scotland's train operator ScotRail to be nationalised
18/03/2021 | news | uk | 2,095
The Scottish government says ScotRail will be taken into public ownership in March 2022.
Scotland voters weigh up priorities as polls approach
17/03/2021 | news | politics | 1,209
Independence, Covid, the economy and the NHS are on voters' minds ahead of elections in May.
Covid in Scotland: Hairdressers to reopen on 5 April as rules ease
16/03/2021 | news | uk | 2,547
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says garden centres can also reopen in the days after the stay at home lockdown order is lifted.
Sturgeon to set out dates for easing Scotland's lockdown rules
16/03/2021 | news | uk | 1,633
The Scottish first minister is to set out proposed dates for the easing of Covid-19 restrictions at Holyrood.
Covid in Scotland: More children return to the classroom
15/03/2021 | news | uk | 603
Secondary students were among those returning to the classroom - but initially on a part-time basis.
Covid vaccine lowers cases in Scotland's healthcare worker families
12/03/2021 | news | uk | 1,161
Vaccination of Scotland's healthcare workers has lowered the rate of infection for people they live with.
All Scottish councils agree to tax freeze
11/03/2021 | news | uk | 1,822
Stirling and Glasgow were the last of the 32 authorities to consider a council tax freeze in meetings on Thursday.
Teachers say return to school for S1-3 'counterproductive'
10/03/2021 | news | uk | 1,956
Younger secondary pupils will return from Monday but some have less than two hours in school per week.
Covid in Scotland: Rules around outdoor mixing set to ease next week
05/03/2021 | news | uk | 3,473
The first minister says it will be the first step out of lockdown, but urges people not to get carried away.
US suspends tariffs on single malt Scotch whisky
04/03/2021 | news | business | 1,818
Tariffs on UK cheese and cashmere will also be lifted as the countries try to resolve an old trade row.
Covid: 'All secondary pupils' should wear masks in class
04/03/2021 | news | uk | 1,293
The recommendation comes from the Scottish government's Covid advisory group on education.
Part-time return for all secondary pupils in Scotland from 15 March
02/03/2021 | news | uk | 1,764
As part of the phased return of pupils across Scotland, children in P4-P7 will also return full time.
Covid in Scotland: Tighter rules will be used to decide on levels
02/03/2021 | news | uk | 1,598
Under new guidance local areas will have to have a lower number of positive cases before restrictions are eased.
Covid in Scotland: Contact tracing after Brazilian strain detected
01/03/2021 | news | uk | 1,757
Three Scottish oil workers tested positive while in isolation after flying to Aberdeen from Brazil.
Covid in Scotland: What's the state of the epidemic?
25/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,000
Using World Health Organization measures, it is possible to chart Scotland's progress in tackling Covid-19.
Covid in Scotland: Youngest pupils return as schools reopen
22/02/2021 | news | uk | 1,029
Schools across the country have been closed to the vast majority of pupils since December.
Covid in Scotland: Is vaccination cutting the death rate?
18/02/2021 | news | uk | 1,302
Deaths among the oldest age group are falling, but is this "hard evidence" the vaccine is working?
Covid in Scotland: Virus elimination would 'come at cost'
18/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,543
Scotland's national clinical director says a Covid elimination strategy would stop international travel.
Covid in Scotland: Deaths falling as vaccine 'having an effect'
17/02/2021 | news | uk | 655
There is now "hard evidence" that the vaccine programme is starting to reduce the number of deaths.
Covid in Scotland: Inadequate preparations for Covid, says watchdog
17/02/2021 | news | uk | 1,989
Audit Scotland say preparations for the pandemic could have been better but the NHS was not overwhelmed.
Covid in Scotland: Youngest pupils to return to classrooms
16/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,450
Pupils in P1 to P3 and pre-school children will go back from 22 February, it has been confirmed.
Covid in Scotland: Sturgeon set to confirm phased return to schools
16/02/2021 | news | uk | 195
The first minister says she is "very keen" to see a return to more normal schooling for some pupils.
Covid in Scotland: FM 'satisfied' target for over-70s vaccines has been met
15/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,349
Nicola Sturgeon says the latest milestone has been reached - but that progress will slow in the coming days.
Covid in Scotland: Hancock 'happy to discuss' quarantine loophole
15/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,378
Concerns have been raised about the virus spreading if Scotland-bound travellers in England use public transport.
Food traders say Brexit impact 'could get worse'
10/02/2021 | news | uk | 644
They are warning of price rises and potential shortages when new Brexit rules on imports start in April.
Covid in Scotland: Quarantine hotel plan to cover all overseas flights
10/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,926
Everyone arriving on an overseas flight will have to quarantine in a hotel for 10 days at a cost of at least £1,750.
Covid in Scotland: UK's enforced quarantine rules 'inadequate'
10/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,084
Scotland's transport secretary says he is pressing the UK government to close a potential loophole.
Covid in Scotland: Business confidence 'soars despite downturn'
08/02/2021 | news | uk | 655
A survey suggests firms are hopeful of a solid economic recovery once Covid restrictions are lifted.
Bank of England: Economy to rebound strongly due to vaccine
04/02/2021 | news | business | 4,038
High Street banks are also told to prepare for the possibility that interest rates could fall below zero.
UK government 'in denial' over EU seafood and fish exports
04/02/2021 | news | uk | 888
Seafood and fishing industry bodies highlight post-Brexit export problems to MPs on the Scottish Affairs Committee.
Covid in Scotland: Closed ski resorts have 'best snow in years'
04/02/2021 | news | uk | 335
Despite the most magnificent conditions in 11 years, the slopes remain closed because of lockdown.
Covid-19: International travel 'biggest impact' on deaths
04/02/2021 | news | uk | 1,063
Researchers from the University of Aberdeen examined factors across the 37 worst hit countries.
Covid in Scotland: How much longer will lockdown last?
02/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,137
Multiple factors will determine when an easing of restrictions comes, from vaccine effectiveness to hospital admissions rates.
Covid in Scotland: FM to announce outcome of lockdown review
02/02/2021 | news | uk | 2,125
Nicola Sturgeon is expected to give details on the opening of schools to "some" children.
Covid in Scotland: Jab given to 98% of older care home residents
01/02/2021 | news | uk | 3,887
Nicola Sturgeon says the NHS is "ahead of schedule" in rolling out vaccines to the over-80s by Friday's deadline.
No changes to Scottish income tax rates in budget
28/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,684
Finance Secretary Kate Forbes says she wants to provide "stability and certainty" for people and businesses.
Boris Johnson says independence debate 'irrelevant' to most Scots
28/01/2021 | news | uk | 14,052
Boris Johnson says most people in Scotland are focused on defeating Covid rather than another referendum.
Covid: Scotland 'could go further' on quarantine rules
27/01/2021 | news | uk | 3,212
Nicola Sturgeon says she is concerned the UK's travel restrictions will not go far enough.
Covid in Scotland: Train services cut as passenger numbers plunge
27/01/2021 | news | uk | 462
The boss of Scotland's Railways says "difficult decisions" have to be made to save taxpayer money.
Brexit: Scotland in talks over EU Erasmus scheme
26/01/2021 | news | uk | 2,301
The Scottish government wants to keep Scotland involved with the EU's education programme.
Covid in Scotland: Ways to 'accelerate' vaccine plans being examined
25/01/2021 | news | uk | 2,891
A pilot programme for 24/7 vaccinations is among options being considered by the Scottish government.
Covid in Scotland: I'm over 80 and waiting for my vaccine
22/01/2021 | news | uk | 460
Some elderly Scots are anxious as they wait for the jab despite assurances the vaccine programme is on track.
Spread of Covid-19 in Scotland 'decelerating' as R number falls
21/01/2021 | news | uk | 2,775
Modelling suggests that lockdown has "stabilised" the spread of new cases in Scotland.
Covid in Scotland: Phased return 'likely' for Scottish schools
20/01/2021 | news | uk | 2,613
The youngest and oldest pupils, plus those with additional support needs will be among the first to return to classrooms.
£23m support fund for struggling fishing firms
20/01/2021 | news | business | 472
It comes as industry workers warn their livelihoods are at risk due to Brexit border problems.
Covid in Scotland: Sturgeon to announce outcome of lockdown review
19/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,438
The first minister says her statement to MSPs will concern the duration of Scotland's restrictions.
Covid in Scotland: Army helping set up 80 new vaccine centres
18/01/2021 | news | uk | 2,805
Soldiers from the Royal Army Medical Corps and Royal Scots Dragoon Guards are involved in the effort.
Covid in Scotland: Tightening of lockdown rules announced
13/01/2021 | news | uk | 3,646
Restrictions around takeaway food and click-and-collect services in Scotland are to be toughened.
Covid in Scotland: NHS staff shortages 'major problem'
12/01/2021 | news | uk | 485
The increasing number of staff off work could prevent the NHS Louisa Jordan opening to Covid patients.
Covid in Scotland: Lockdown lifting 'unlikely' as deaths pass 5,000
12/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,873
Scotland's first minister says the current restrictions are "very unlikely" to be lifted at the end of the month.
Covid in Scotland: All over-80s to be vaccinated by February
11/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,912
About 560,000 people will have been vaccinated by the beginning of next month, the health secretary says.
Covid in Scotland: Medics concerned over 12-week gap between vaccine doses
06/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,233
The BMA in Scotland says it is concerned about the potential impact of delaying the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.
Government offers firms new grants to survive lockdown
06/01/2021 | news | business | 2,322
Business groups welcomed the new help as a good start but said more aid and a clear plan would be needed.
Covid in Scotland: 'Stay at home' order comes into force
05/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,183
Strict new Covid-19 restrictions come into force in Scotland, prohibiting people from leaving their homes.
Covid in Scotland: Scots ordered to stay at home in new lockdown
04/01/2021 | news | uk | 4,454
Mainland Scotland faces tougher restrictions from midnight, and schools will remain closed until February.
Covid in Scotland: First doses of Oxford vaccine administered
04/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,428
The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine programme is being rolled out less than a week after it became the second approved in the UK.
Brexit: Boris Johnson hails free trade deal with EU
24/12/2020 | news | politics | 11,428
The deal between the UK and EU ends months of arguments over business rules and fishing rights.
EU to allow post-Brexit UK farm produce exports
24/12/2020 | news | business | 752
While this is a "critical step forward", seed potatoes are not included because of EU regulatory fears.
Covid in Scotland: Schools to remain open this week, says Swinney
21/12/2020 | news | uk | 368
The deputy first minister says the prevalence of the virus is much lower than other parts of the UK.
Covid in Scotland: Police will investigate 'flagrant' breaches of travel ban
21/12/2020 | news | uk | 2,176
Officers in Scotland "will act" if they believe there is a "flagrant" breach of travel restrictions.
Sir Keir Starmer promises to shift power from Westminster
21/12/2020 | news | uk | 1,145
In a key policy speech, the Labour leader set out plans for the "boldest devolution project in a generation".
Covid in Scotland: 'All options on table' for post-Christmas rules
18/12/2020 | news | uk | 3,149
The health secretary was speaking as three council areas prepare to move to a tougher level of restrictions.
Rishi Sunak extends furlough scheme for another month
17/12/2020 | news | business | 896
Chancellor Rishi Sunak extends the furlough scheme for one month until the end of April 2021.
Brexit emergency lorry park plan for Cairnryan port
16/12/2020 | news | uk | 613
An airfield could be used as a lorry park in the event of post-Brexit delays at Cairnryan.
Covid in Scotland: Tougher virus restrictions for three council areas
15/12/2020 | news | uk | 2,619
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and East Lothian will all move up to level three of the country's tiered system.
People in Scotland told to 'cut down contacts' before Christmas
14/12/2020 | news | uk | 1,904
Nicola Sturgeon says Scots planning to meet up at Christmas should cut down on "unnecessary contacts" now.
Covid in Scotland: Shops reopen as toughest restrictions eased
11/12/2020 | news | uk | 1,826
Non-essential shops across much of western Scotland have reopened for the first time in three weeks.
Covid in Scotland: New support grants for taxis, tourism and weddings
09/12/2020 | news | uk | 1,733
Details of a further £185m of support for Scottish firms hit by Covid-19 restrictions are announced.
Covid in Scotland: Have the level four restrictions worked?
08/12/2020 | news | uk | 807
As people in Scotland wait to hear what Covid alert level their area will be put in to, we analyse the statistics and ask whether the toughest measures have been working.
Covid in Scotland: Sturgeon confirms level 4 restrictions will end on Friday
07/12/2020 | news | uk | 1,393
Nicola Sturgeon says 11 councils in west and central Scotland will come out of the highest tier of restrictions.
Scotland's health chiefs warn of no-deal Brexit risk
07/12/2020 | news | uk | 857
Patient care could be put at risk if an agreement is not made before the 31 December departure date.
Covid in Scotland: First vaccinations to start next week
02/12/2020 | news | uk | 2,819
People in Scotland could start receiving the Covid-19 vaccine from next Tuesday, Nicola Sturgeon says.
Covid in Scotland: No change to virus alert levels
01/12/2020 | news | uk | 2,589
Ministers will continue to "look carefully" at Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, but both will remain in level two.
What the spending review means for Scotland
25/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,177
An increase in the money coming to Scotland but uncertainty about costs and pay awards.
Covid in Scotland: No changes to local levels after review
24/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,882
Nicola Sturgeon says the existing restrictions in place across Scotland are "having an impact" on the virus.