Scotland lockdown: Sturgeon breaks with England to announce return to tiered restrictions

Scotland’s economy will begin a “phased reopening” from the last week of April, as the country moves to a regional level system of coroanvirus restrictions, Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

The move represents a break from the roadmap out of lockdown unveiled on Monday by Boris Johnson, who has made clear he will ease restrictions across the whole of England, regardless of regional infection rates.

Ms Sturgeon also broke from Mr Johnson’s approach by telling the Scottish Parliament that she is ready to accelerate the introduction of restrictions after the end of April if evidence shows that it is safe.

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