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Scotland to move to Tier 3 restrictions on April 26

In Tuesday’s announcement, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that Scotland will move down to Tier 3 restrictions on Monday 26 April.  This includes the reopening of all non-essential shops and hospitality venues, as well as a lift of travel restrictions within the UK. From next Monday, 6 people from up to 6 households will be […]

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Four people from two households permitted to meet anywhere outdoors from Friday

In her statement to parliament yesterday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that from Friday, four adults from up to two households will be allowed to meet in any outdoor space, including private gardens. Young people ages 12 to 17 will also be allowed to meet in groups of up to four, but with no limit […]

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Vulnerability and the pandemic: lending a helping hand

If we were to be completely honest about the harsh truth of our current situation, the vast majority would settle for a tired face and say how hopeless they feel about constantly prolonged Covid restrictions.  Everybody is exhausted and anxious, and with all the restrictions in place until the end of February, the future might […]

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Love in the time of Corona: The modern parody of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

It’s no well-kept secret that along with the inability to venture out of our homes and see our loved ones in person, that love, and sex have taken just as big of a hit since the first lockdown began. Gone were the nights of club hopping, casual sex, and (intimate) Tinder dates. Weddings were postponed […]

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Scotland announces stricter lockdown measures to curb “critical and dangerous” rise in cases

This afternoon, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced additional lockdown measures which will be implemented from Saturday the 16th. In an attempt to “maximise the impact of lockdown” the current restrictions are to be strengthened. Residents in tier 4 areas are only allowed to leave and remain outside their home for essential purposes. Working from home […]

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Boris Johnson tightens Christmas rules as Scotland announces festive travel ban with the rest of the UK

In a press conference this evening, Boris Johnson announced a significant tightening of restrictions in parts of England due to a new fast-spreading strain of Covid-19.  Johnson said that New and Emerging Respiratory Virus Threats Advisory Group had estimated that the new variant may be up to 70% more transmissable. From Sunday, London and the […]

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Non-essential items? Sorry, we’re just not buying it

When news hit that supermarkets in Wales were instructed to corner off areas selling ‘non-essential items’, such as homeware or clothing, the internet was…confused. What are these mythical ‘non-essential’ items’ and who exactly are they ‘non-essential’ for? It wasn’t just the general public who struggled to understand what made something ‘non- essential’; shop assistants were […]

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Level 3 restrictions put students’ Christmas plans at risk

Residents unable to go into each other’s homes, all hospitality venues shut by 6pm and alcohol only available from the supermarket – the harsh reality of Level 3 restrictions. This is not the student life many had hoped for, yet students have been discouraged from returning home amidst fears that they may carry the virus […]