Churches in Scotland to reopen in time for Easter, Nicola Sturgeon announces

Places of worship in Scotland are to reopen for communal gatherings on 26 March, in time for Easter and other religious festivals including Passover and Ramadan, first minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

In the latest relaxation to coronavirus lockdown restrictions north of the border, Ms Sturgeon also brought forward to Friday the date on which up to four people from two households will be allowed to meet in outdoor spaces, including private gardens. And she said that the rule will be relaxed further for 12-17 year-olds to allow up to four teenagers from four different households to get together with friends.

In what she acknowledged were “minor” changes to the rules, Ms Sturgeon said that from 12 March, outdoor non-contact sports involving up to 15 people will also once again be permitted.

Ms Sturgeon said she will next week set out a firmer timetable for the reopening of venues including non-essential shops, pubs and restaurants and tourism destinations.

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