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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: The latest updates on Friday, March 5
Last updated: Friday, 05 March, 2021, 07:45
- Possible easing of outdoor meeting restrictions next week
- 498 new Covid cases reported in Scotland on Friday - and 11 further deaths
- Total of 1,717,672 Scots have received first coronavirus vaccine
Coronavirus: Cyprus declares it will open its borders to vaccinated UK tourists from May
Cyprus has said it will welcome vaccinated Britons from the beginning of May – but UK government travel restrictions will still be in force.
Cyprus to welcome vaccinated British tourists from May 1
Cyprus said it will open its borders to vaccinated Britons from the beginning of May – although UK government restrictions on foreign travel will still be in force.
Nearly a million people in the UK have received two doses of a Covid-19 jab, and the Cypriot government said those who had both jabs could travel without restrictions from May 1.
However, the date Cyprus has set to open its borders to Britons is still more than two weeks before the earliest people in England will be able to leave the country for overseas holidays, while Scotland’s First Minister has warned holidays abroad are “highly unlikely” this summer.
Workers seeking temp jobs on the rise because of pandemic layoffs, RBS says
The number of people looking for temporary work continues to increase due to layoffs during the coronavirus pandemic, according to an economic report.
A Royal Bank of Scotland survey of recruiters in February found the economy is continuing to recover but uncertainty is discouraging people from moving jobs and leading to wage stagnation.
The availability of temporary candidates across Scotland increased amid reports that layoffs stemming from the pandemic had led to a greater number of people looking for roles.
This is the 11th consecutive monthly rise in people looking for temporary jobs.
Hiring activity rose last month, with upturns in both permanent and temporary placements as businesses adapted to Covid-19 restrictions, the RBS Report on Jobs found.
The report found starting salaries rose at a much slower pace during February and neared stagnation.
While the demand for permanent staff increased for the first time in a year, the supply of candidates dipped with recruiters saying people were reluctant to pursue new roles due to heightened uncertainty.
Shopper numbers ‘crashed’ as stores remained shuttered in February, data shows
Shopper footfall has “crashed”, falling just under 70% in a year, an industry body has found.
Mainland Scotland and some island areas re-entered lockdown in January, with a legally enforceable stay at home order, to help fight the spread of coronavirus.
Scottish Retail Consortium (SCR) and Sensormatic IQ data indicates shoppers “rightly heeded” the regulations, with visitors to stores across the country dropping 69.2% in February compared to the same month of 2020.
However, this was an increase of 3.3% from January, while the UK average decline was 73.5% over the year.
In Glasgow, footfall dropped by 71.6% year-on-year, but that was an improvement of 3.9% from January.