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BREAKING: Moray to move to Level 2 of restrictions from Monday, Nicola Sturgeon announces

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that restrictions in Moray will be eased from midnight.

The region’s move down to Level 2 follows a drop in cases which will bring it in line with most of the mainland.

The first minister said she knew it would be “welcome news” for people and businesses.

Moray was kept at Level 3 last week due to a rise in positive cases, but Ms Sturgeon has said experts are satisfied it is now safe to move.

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Ms Sturgeon said the situation in Moray has improved “very significantly” and that positive testing has fallen to 1.3%.

She also shared that the April 0.2 variant – previously referred to as the Indian variant – is not as “commonly present” in Moray, compared to other parts of the country such as Glasgow.

This means that hospitality venues will again be allowed to sell alcohol indoors.

Groups of six from up to three households will be able to socialise indoors and can stay overnight, while eight people from eight households can meet outdoors.

Residents in Moray will also now be able to travel to areas in Level 1 and 2.

No move for Glasgow

The first minister has also confirmed that Glasgow City will remain in Level 3.

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She said she was not yet confident enough that the virus has slowed enough for restrictions to be eased.

The region was held back in Level 3 alongside Moray last Friday.

Cases have continued to rise in Glasgow which is thought to be due to the April 0.2 variant. Testing has been increased in the area as well as enhanced contact tracing.

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