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New dawn in the Coronavirus crisis

Dawn over Stranraer this morning

THE sun rose this morning on a new stage in the Coronavirus lockdown regime. The Scottish Government has confirmed that the first phase of easing of restrictions, as laid out in its roadmap last week, has begun. It means you can now meet with one other household at a time meetings must be kept to a maximum of eight and they are outside in places such as park or a private garden. Some non-contact sports, including golf, tennis, fishing and bowls can return as long as social distancing is observed. The council has confirmed its recycling centres will open on Monday on a limited basis. Sunbathing in open areas is now allowed, as is travelling locally for recreation - although the Scottish Government "strongly advises" that no one should travel further than five miles. Outdoor work that has been paused may resume, garden centres can open again and the construction industry has been cleared to begin "site preparation." Nicola Sturgeon has said there has been a "sustained and unmistakable" downward trend in the spread of the Covid-19 virus, meaning changes could now be safely made. However, the First Minister has also people should still stay at home as much as possible. More detail was issued last night on the Scottish Government's website: https://www.gov.scot/news/lockdown-begins-to-ease-in-phase-1/

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