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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: Schools begin full-time classroom return
12/04/2021 | news | uk | 490
Secondary pupils in six councils are among those returning for full-time, in-class lessons for the first time in months.
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.
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.
Coronavirus: EU and UK try to end row with 'win-win' on vaccines
24/03/2021 | news | world | 8,052
After weeks of tension over Covid vaccine supplies, the two sides now say they are working together.
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.
Covid in Scotland: Hospitality industry 'is lockdown scapegoat'
17/03/2021 | news | uk | 184
Business owners say the Scottish government's easing of restrictions from next month do not go far enough.
Integrated review: UK to lift cap on nuclear stockpile
16/03/2021 | news | uk | 6,832
The UK will also shift focus towards Indo-Pacific countries, following a year-long foreign policy review.
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.
Foreign Office to move 500 jobs to East Kilbride
15/03/2021 | news | uk | 1,795
The UK government has said more than 1,000 civil service roles in total are to be relocated to Scotland
Covid in Scotland: People with health issues to be offered vaccine
22/02/2021 | news | uk | 573
People with mild or moderate learning disabilities will now also be offered the jab in the next priority group.
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: 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: 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.
Rail and road problems as temperatures hit new low of -17.1C
10/02/2021 | news | uk | 486
Scotland has faced a second day of travel disruption after further heavy snowfall and freezing conditions.
Travel disruption as temperatures plunge to -16.7C
09/02/2021 | news | uk | 843
Parts of Scotland are affected by heavy snowfall as temperature hits 11-year low.
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.
Scots end 38-year wait for Twickenham win
06/02/2021 | sport | rugbyunion | 4,000
Scotland claim a first win at Twickenham since 1983 as fly-half Finn Russell orchestrates a shock Six Nations victory against England.
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-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: 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.
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: Unemployment in Scotland fell slightly in autumn
26/01/2021 | news | uk | 397
The number people looking for work decreased by about 1,000 between September and November.
Gordon Brown: Trust has broken down in way UK is run
25/01/2021 | news | politics | 4,134
The UK's nations and regions are being treated as if they were "invisible", the former PM warns.
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: Over-70 vaccine letters start but blue envelope delay
25/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,280
Vaccination appointments for over-70s in Scotland will arrive on Monday as planned - but in white envelopes.
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: Schools to stay closed as lockdown extended
19/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,986
Mainland Scotland and some islands to remain under toughest coronavirus rules until at least mid-February.
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: Taxi grant 'not for those on state benefits'
19/01/2021 | news | uk | 364
Grants of £1,500 are being made available but those in receipt of benefits such as Universal Credit, are not eligible.
Brexit: Fishing firms hold London protest over disruption
18/01/2021 | news | politics | 8,431
Boris Johnson promises £23m in compensation for exporters which have lost orders due to delays.
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: February school return 'tall order' warns Swinney
15/01/2021 | news | uk | 2,006
Scotland's education secretary says it will be a challenge for schools to reopen as normal by 1st February.
Covid in Scotland: Freeman targets 400,000 vaccinations every week
13/01/2021 | news | uk | 915
Scotland's health secretary says 400,000 jabs could be administered every week by the end of February.
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: Students' return to universities delayed
08/01/2021 | news | uk | 1,661
Teaching for the vast majority of students will be online only until at least the end of February.
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.
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.
Covid in Scotland: Scottish level four rules 'may be strengthened'
22/12/2020 | news | uk | 2,108
Nicola Sturgeon warns that the current top level of restrictions may need to be tightened further.
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.
Covid in Scotland: Businesses warn they need 'extraordinary' support
20/12/2020 | news | uk | 263
Retail and hospitality industry leaders say more financial help is needed as they prepare for three weeks of tough restrictions.
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.
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.
Covid in Scotland: First care home resident receives vaccine
14/12/2020 | news | uk | 685
Annie Innes, 90, from South Lanarkshire, is the first person to be be vaccinated in a care home.
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.
Brexit: No-deal navy threat 'irresponsible', says Tobias Ellwood
12/12/2020 | news | politics | 10,595
A senior Conservative says deploying gunboats to patrol UK waters after 31 December is "undignified".
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.
Act now to save 'precious UK', English mayors urge PM
09/12/2020 | news | politics | 359
Sadiq Khan and Andy Burnham lead calls for a review of how power is shared across the country.
Covid: Scottish Care homes trial rapid tests for visitors
07/12/2020 | news | uk | 240
The lateral flow tests will be trialled among visitors to 14 care homes in five local authority areas.
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.
Coronavirus: UK got vaccine first because it's 'a better country', says Gavin Williamson
04/12/2020 | news | politics | 4,358
The EU says vaccines are not a "football competition" after Education Secretary Gavin Williamson's comment.
Covid in Scotland: Vaccine will reach care homes from 14 December
03/12/2020 | news | uk | 3,047
The first batches of the vaccine, which arrive in Scotland on Tuesday, will be given to health staff.
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.
SNP conference: £500 'thank you' payment for healthcare staff
30/11/2020 | news | uk | 4,877
Nicola Sturgeon says the one-off cash payment is to thank health staff for their "extraordinary service".
Covid in Scotland: Students and 'hotspot' areas targeted in testing
30/11/2020 | news | uk | 474
Two new mass testing programmes are under way in a bid to drive down infection rates before Christmas.
Covid in Scotland: Eight-person limit for Christmas bubbles
26/11/2020 | news | uk | 4,039
Government guidance says the bubbles should contain a maximum of eight people over the age of 11.
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.
Five Covid numbers to watch: Has Scotland's 'second wave' peaked?
25/11/2020 | news | uk | 706
Covid hotspots are still emerging across Scotland, but the number of daily deaths is declining.
Covid-19: Three households can mix over Christmas in UK
25/11/2020 | news | uk | 3,371
People can form a "Christmas bubble" and mix in homes and outdoors between 23 and 27 December.
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.
Covid in Scotland: Relaxing of rules 'not expected' at Hogmanay
23/11/2020 | news | uk | 1,795
Nicola Sturgeon says there could be a "careful" easing at Christmas - but does not expect a relaxation at new year.