What are the four phases of the Scottish government’s plan?
Phase 1 – (yesterday) early learning and childcare and schools open for Primary 1-3 pupils and senior phase pupils for essential practical work. Limited increase in the provision for vulnerable children.
Care homes opening to facilitate meaningful contact between relatives/ friends and residents.
Phase 2 – (unlikely before 15 March) – More school reopening – Non-contact outdoor group sports for 12-17 year olds. Socialising rules eased, to allow outdoor meetings of 4 people from 2 households.
Phase 3 – (at least three weeks later – possibly 5 April) Stay-at-Home requirement removed.
Third and final phase of schools reopening if required. Places of worship can open on a restricted numbers basis.
Essential retailers list expanded slightly and click-and-collect resumes for non-essential retail.
Phase 4 – possibly 26 April) Limited other easing within Level 4, including permitting non-essential work in people’s homes. Return to variable Levels approach.
This will enable the graduated opening up of economic and social activity.
Numbers who can meet outdoors set to be increased next month
The first minister emphasises how she hopes more pupils will return to school in Scotland from 15 March.
This will involve getting the remainder of primary school pupils and more senior phase secondary pupils back into the classroom for at least part of their learning.
Ms Sturgeon adds that she also hopes to restart outdoors non contact group sports for 12-17 year olds in this phase.
And it is hoped the limit on outdoor mixing between households will be increased from four people from a maximum of two households.
FM said there would be a “progressive easing” of restrictions before then, with four people from two households allowed to meet outdoors from 15 March.
All primary and more secondary school pupils could return from that date.
It is hoped to lift the stay at home restriction on 5 April.
Ms Sturgeon said it would be necessary to “rely very heavily” on restrictions to suppress the virus for “a bit longer”.Social media