Scotland Reopening RECAP: Coronavirus lockdown eases across Scotland, pubs, shops and gyms reopen, loved ones are reunited on Monday April 26

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Cafes, beer gardens, non-essential shops and museums are reopening in Scotland on Monday as lockdown easing continues.

The country moves from Level 4 to Level 3 of the Scottish Government’s five tiers of restrictions on April 26.

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Scotland Reopening LIVE: Coronavirus lockdown eases across Scotland, pubs, shops and gyms reopen, loved ones are reunited on Monday April 26

Key Events

  • Country moves from Level 4 to Level 3
  • Pub pints and museum visits are back
  • Gyms, swimming pools, libraries can reopen

Beer gardens and shopping return as Scotland’s coronavirus restrictions ease

Cafes, beer gardens, non-essential shops and museums are reopening in Scotland on Monday as lockdown easing continues.

Early-morning queues formed outside shops on Edinburgh’s Princes Street of shoppers keen to snap up a bargain in person.

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Shoppers queue as stores reopen

Self-isolation having negative effect, new data shows

About a third of people said that self-isolation had a negative effect on their wellbeing and mental health, ONS data showed.

Experimental figures, published on Monday, also found 27% of respondents reported having lost income because of self-isolation.

The ONS said the deprivation level of a respondent’s home address had “no significant impact” on their understanding of self-isolation guidance, full adherence to the guidance and having no contact with non-household members.

This follows a comparison between respondents of the survey – taken between April 1 and April 10 – and those living in deprived areas who were surveyed between March 15 and March 20, the ONS said.

Gyms have reopened today

Scotland reopens: Rallying call as pubs, gyms and shops welcome back customers

Ministers deny claim PM would let ‘bodies pile high’ rather than order lockdown

Ministers have denied claims that Boris Johnson was prepared to let “bodies pile high” rather than order another coronavirus lockdown, as the fallout from Downing Street’s bitter briefing war continued.

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said it was “not true” to suggest Mr Johnson made that comment, while Health Minister Nadine Dorries said it was an “outright lie”.

The remarks were reportedly made after the Prime Minister agreed to a second lockdown, and suggest Mr Johnson was prepared to face a mounting death toll rather than order a third set of tough restrictions, something he was eventually forced to do.

The decision on the second lockdown last autumn was leaked and is the subject of an inquiry to find the so-called “chatty rat” who tipped off the press.

The UK’s most senior civil servant is expected to indicate he has not cleared Mr Johnson’s former adviser Dominic Cummings over that leak, despite the ex-aide’s claims to the contrary.

Simon Case, the Cabinet Secretary, is expected to say his inquiry is still “live” when he appears before the Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) on Monday.

Mr Cummings has accused Mr Johnson of seeking to block the investigation after learning that a close friend of his fiancee, Carrie Symonds, had been implicated, a claim the Prime Minister denied.

In an incendiary blog post, Mr Cummings went on to say that Mr Case had told Mr Johnson that neither he nor the then No 10 director of communications, Lee Cain, was the culprit.

However officials familiar with the investigation said that it had neither “landed” on any one individual nor exonerated anyone.

Nicola Sturgeon sends Scots message as shops, pubs and gyms reopen

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