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Sturgeon's easing of lockdown is too little, too late

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THERE comes a point when the sun is shining, the skies are blue and the parks, hedgerows and roadsides are bursting with life, that the never-ending lockdown becomes a little tedious, especially if you are watching it from the window of a 15th floor flat, in a high-rise block, with three weans going bananas at your feet.

Up until now, the daily warnings in Scotland were to stay at home, while south of the border the prison doors have been unlocked and people can sunbathe, picnic, barbecue and drive for miles to a beach or country park, so long as they observe rigorous social-distancing rules and only ever meet one person outside at a time. But in Scotland, house arrest continues, at least until next week.

Nicola Sturgeon has promised some easing of restrictions but not until May 28, at least three weeks behind England. She has outlined four phases of conditional release from lockdown, in sharp contrast to what the Prime Minister has introduced. The confusion this has caused is palpable.

In England, Boris Johnson has advised people who cannot work from home to return to their jobs. He says people can travel to visit parks, beauty spots and beaches for safe, socially distanced recreation. In Northern Ireland, new relaxed rules allow six people from different households to meet. In Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon says we may be allowed to meet people from one other household, but only if we stay outdoors.

She claims she is not playing politics, but already Angus MacNeil, the SNP’s MP for the Na h-Eileanan an Iar, has called on Police Scotland........

© Herald Scotland