Scotland's lockdown phase one easing to start next week

Scotland unveils 4-phase lockdown exit 'roadmap'

The initial changes, outlined in a Scottish Government document, include the gradual reopening of drive-through food outlets as well as garden centres and plant nurseries.

"There is no completely risk free way of lifting lockdown", she said, warning that "the danger of a second wave later in the year is very real indeed" if health advice was not followed.

Golf in Scotland is expected to resume in Phase 1 of the Scottish government's relaxation of lockdown restrictions, although no exact date has yet been confirmed.

Pupils will see the returning to school, with physical distancing measures in place, under a blended model of in-school teaching and in-home learning, while universities and colleges will begin a phased return with more remote learning options encouraged.

Work offices as well as pubs, restaurants, and shops will also be able to reopen their indoor spaces, but social distancing will still be in force.

From the end of next week, people in Scotland will be allowed to sit and sunbathe outdoors, meet other households in "small numbers" observing social distancing, and outdoor activities such as golf and tennis will be permitted.

Phase three - Pubs and restaurants can open indoor spaces and hairdressers can begin to trade again.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon unveiled Scotland's "roadmap" out of the lockdown.

Ms Sturgeon said: "This route-map sketches out how, and in what stages, we might move back to some normality as we continue to live with this virus".

The First Minister also revealed the latest figures show 2,221 patients have died after testing positive for coronavirus, up by 37 from Wednesday.

British authorities announced on Thursday that a further 338 people died due to COVID-19 across the United Kingdom, as Scotland outlined a plan to lift its lockdown.

The SNP leader said that in March, the R-number was understood to be above four.

Another supporter thanked the First Minister for leading the country during this "confusing era".

"Scottish Golf has worked with Scottish Government, Active Scotland, sportcotland, Health Protection Scotland, The PGA and key industry partners at every opportunity to produce a clear guide for all golf clubs and golfers in Scotland".