THE First Minister has announced that the Scottish Government will lift some lockdown restrictions on May 28 if progress continues to be made in tackling coronavirus.

The first phase will include allowing people to meet outside with people from one other household.

Golf, tennis, bowls, fishing and other non-contact outdoor activities will be able to resume, along with allowing people to travel a short distance to take part in recreation.

Waste and recycling services, along with some outdoor businesses, will also be allowed to reopen, Nicola Sturgeon told the Scottish Parliament.

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The construction industry will be allowed to resume and any workplaces permitted to return in phase two will be able to prepare for the return of staff during the first phase.

The First Minister also said a "phased resumption" of aspects of the criminal justice system will take place, along with a gradual restart of NHS services, such as cancer screenings, which were paused as a result of the outbreak.

Schools will not reopen until the new school year begins after 11 August.

However, teachers will return to work in June, with transition support being given, where possible, to children going into Primary 1 or moving from primary to secondary schools.

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