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First Minister announces details of Scotland's route out of lockdown

Tue 23 Feb 21

Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon announced the outline of a reopening plan for Scotland's economy this afternoon.

Speaking to the Scottish Parliament, she confirmed that the country will move back into a tiered system from end of April and that there will be a "phased and significant" reopening of the econmy including hospitality and non-essential retail.

Ms Sturgeon confirmed that there will be "discussions over the next couple of weeks as we put further flesh on the plans we set out today" and that the Scottish Government will publish a further document in mid March outlining more detail.

She acknowledged that there is a need for greater support for many businesses; "We are also considering some form of tapered support for businesses that may still face trading restrictions and reduced demand, even as they are allowed to re-open" and that the Scottish Government will be working with business organisations on this and other issues as we emerge from lockdown.

We received analysis of the First Minister's statement and were disappointed to read that hospitality was mentioned just once, tourism not at all.

Scotland's updated Strategic Framework
You can view Scotland's updated Strategic Framework document here.

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