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Glasgow has moved to Level 2, which is a major relief for hospitality site operators who don't have outdoor areas.

While the whole of mainland Scotland was supposed to move to Level 1 today, the city will join other council areas in remaining in Level 2 for another few weeks.

Glaswegians are now able to drink alcohol indoors, meet inside private homes, and hug loved ones for the first time in months.

The following mainland local authority areas remain at Level 2:
East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire and Renfrewshire
East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire, and South Ayrshire
North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire
Edinburgh and Midlothian
Stirling and Clackmannanshire

These 15 mainland local authorities move to Level 1 today:
Highland and Argyll & Bute
Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and Moray
Angus and Perth & Kinross
Inverclyde and West Dunbartonshire
West Lothian and East Lothian
The Scottish Borders
Dumfries & Galloway

All islands currently in Level 1 have moved to Level 0 due to sustained low numbers of cases.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said, “I appreciate that these decisions will feel like a mixed bag. That reflects the fact that we are in a transition phase. No part of the country is going backwards.

'Before the vaccines, that would have been impossible on case numbers like this. But the vaccines are changing the game. And that means we can still be optimistic about our chances of much more normality over the summer and beyond.

“As always, all of us have a part to play in beating this virus back. So please, stick with it, and each other.”

(source: https://www.gov.scot, image: pexels)