Covid in Scotland: Hugging and indoor visits to resume from Monday

People will be able to hug and meet in each other’s homes from Monday as Scotland’s Covid rules are relaxed.

Mainland Scotland will move to level two restrictions – although it is “very likely” Moray will remain in level three after a surge in cases.

Most of the Scottish islands, except Arran, Bute, Cumbrae and Skye, will move to level one on the same date.

And a traffic light system will be introduced for international travel from Monday.

The changes, which will also allow pubs and restaurants to sell alcohol indoors, were confirmed by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

She also announced that the requirement for social distancing during meetings indoors or in private gardens would be dropped.

“I actually feel a wee bit emotional saying this… from Monday, as long as you stay within permitted limits, you can hug your loved ones again,” she said.

The first minister added that it was “vital to be cautious”.

A “more fundamental review” of physical distancing will be carried out in the next three weeks, which will look at whether there can be further relaxations in places like pubs and restaurants.