What time is Nicola Sturgeon’s update today? When Scotland FM will make announcement on restrictions lifting

The First Minister has said she hopes to move the whole country to Level 0 from July 19

Nicola Sturgeon is set to announce whether Scotland’s coronavirus restrictions can be eased as planned on Monday (19 July).

The First Minister has said she hopes to move the whole country to Level 0, depending on the latest case numbers, hospital admissions and the vaccination rollout.

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Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon speaks during the First Minister's Questions (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Speaking at a government press conference on Monday (12 July) evening, Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed the lifting of restrictions in England will go ahead on 19 July. Mr Johnson said that “now is the right moment” to end the current restrictions, despite concerns over the third wave.

At a glance: 5 key points

- Nicola Sturgeon is set to announce whether the easing of Scotland’s current coronavirus restrictions will go ahead as planned on Monday (19 July) at around 2pm. The decision will be based on the latest case numbers, hospital admissions and vaccination rollout.

- The move to Level 0 would reduce the two-metre distancing rule to one metre in indoor public spaces. Indoor gathering restrictions would be further lifted to allow up to eight people from up to three households to meet.

- The 11pm closure time for pubs operating indoors will also be scrapped, with local licensing conditions applying instead. However, nightclubs and adult entertainment will have to remain shut.

- July 19 is expected to be the date when all Scottish adults will have been offered their first vaccine dose as well as being three weeks on from over-50s being double jabbed

- On Monday, the latest Covid-19 statistics showed 2,134 coronavirus cases were recorded in the past 24 hours, but no deaths. A total of 469 people were in hospital on Sunday with recently confirmed Covid-19, up 24 on the previous day, with 40 patients in intensive care.

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What’s been said

The first minister said she wanted to move "beyond level zero" by scrapping the bulk of legal restrictions from 9 August, while maintaining some mitigations such as the use of face coverings in enclosed areas.

Ms Sturgeon has warned that these dates were "not set in stone" after Scotland was hit by a wave of new infections which at one point saw the country have the worst daily case rates in Europe.

Scottish Conservative Party leader Douglas Ross said ministers had failed to boost the vaccine programme and the Test and Protect system, but said "the public should not be punished" for this.

He added: "If Tuesday's statement does not deliver a plan of action for tackling the virus and a clear timetable for exiting restrictions, Nicola Sturgeon risks losing public buy-in. "

How to watch the announcement

The First Minister’s announcement can be watched online here on Scottish Parliament’s TV from 2pm.

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