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  1. Goodbye

    That concludes our live coverage of the coronavirus situation in Scotland today.

    We'll be back in the morning, as we begin a 14th week under lockdown measures.

    Have a good evening and stay safe.

  2. Today's headlines

    • UK Health Secretary Matt Hancock confirms the government is poised to amend the 2m social distancing rule, with a likely start date, in England at least, of 4 July.
    • Minister Fergus Ewing is "confident" Scotland's tourism sector will be able to reopen on 15 July, but says it will require "long-term help".
    • Scotland Office minister Iain Stewart says the Scottish government should be "more ambitious" in getting the economy up and running.
    • The number of people who have died after testing positive for Covid-19 in Scotland remains 2,472, with no new deaths recorded.
    • ScotRail will provide face masks for free at 18 stations on Monday as coverings become mandatory on public transport.
    • Pub owners want the Scottish and UK governments to not only reduce the 2m social distancing rule but also cut VAT tax rates.
    • Scottish households are to receive information on the Test and Protect system and what to do if someone develops coronavirus symptoms.
    • A former British paratrooper who was isolating on a previously uninhabited Shetland island says he has "left a part of himself behind" after ending his three-month stay there.
    • The Scottish Conservatives insist Scottish government ministers should appear in front of Holyrood before the summer recess to explain what they view as the "crisis facing Scotland’s schools".
    • Horse racing will resume in Scotland at Ayr on Monday after the Scottish government approved the resumption of professional sport without crowds.
  3. Why some guide dogs might have forgotten their skills

    A guide dog with his owner gets onto a train

    Due to social distancing, the way we travel has changed and for many disabled people the access support they once relied on has changed too.

    Here's the lowdown on what to expect if you're used to being guided between platforms, using wheelchair spaces on trains or if you're a guide dog owner wondering whether that old dog will forget his tricks.

    Read more.

  4. UK government to protect key businesses from takeovers

    The UK government will introduce new measures on Monday to protect businesses critical to public health from foreign takeovers.

    Changes to legislation would give ministers extra powers to protect those needed to help in future pandemics who might be struggling now.

    The new powers will cover firms such as pharmaceutical companies.

    Changes to the 2002 Enterprise Act will mean that the government can intervene if a business that is involved in a pandemic response - a personal protective equipment (PPE) manufacturer, for example - is the target of a takeover by a foreign firm.

    They will also expand the government's ability to scrutinise takeovers involving companies who work in artificial intelligence or encryption technology.

    New rules to protect British firms amid virus

    Doctor filling syringe with vaccine

    The legislation will give the business secretary extra powers to impose conditions on takeovers.

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  5. Quieter day for police at George Square

    Police vans parked around George Square, Glasgow
    Image caption: Police vans were parked around Glasgow's George Square

    Police have had a quieter day at Glasgow's George Square compared to 24 hours earlier, when hundreds of protesters gathered in the city centre despite appeals to stay away because of lockdown restrictions.

    Information of further planned activity led to police vans, horses and motorbikes being mobilised, but there were a very small number of people present, no counter protesters and nobody arrested.

    Yesterday, police separated a counter protest from a group of loyalists from those attending the Say No To Racism demonstration.

    A group from the Green Brigade - a group of ultras who follow Celtic Football Club - were also hemmed in by police in the centre of the square.

    Meanwhile, Scottish author Irvine Welsh addressed about 1,000 protesters at a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Edinburgh.

    One man was arrested in Edinburgh for threatening and abusive behaviour and another in Glasgow for allegedly obstructing officers.

    Irvine Welsh
    Image caption: Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh addressed the Edinburgh rally
  6. Public 'concerned about pubs, restaurants and public transport' return

    Social distancing measures at Ardnamurchan bar on Hope Steet in Glasgow

    Two thirds of people in Scotland are uncomfortable about returning to pubs and restaurants - and 67% about using public transport - despite the reduction in Covid-19 cases, an opinion poll claims.

    The survey also found that a similar number of people are not comfortable about holidaying abroad even once they are permitted to do so.

    The Survation poll of more than 1,000 people for the charity Advice Direct Scotland, which runs a national consumer advice service, comes ahead of the introduction of mandatory face coverings on public transport from tomorrow.

    Pubs and restaurants remain closed for the time being.

    The poll also found that 44% of Scots are uncomfortable about non-essential shopping, but people are more comfortable (63%) about going to their place of work.

  7. Scottish architect completes lockdown visual diary

    Images from Alan Dunlop's diary

    An architect has completed a visual diary of his family's life under the lockdown.

    Prof Alan Dunlop has filled six A4-size sketchbooks since the start of restrictions to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

    He has sketched scenes inside and outside the family home in the Queen Elizabeth Forest, near Aberfoyle.

    "There are around 120 drawings in total, one or two for each day of the 10 weeks of our lockdown," he said.

    Read more.

  8. Conservatives urge debate over return to school

    School children in Ankara

    The Scottish Conservatives are demanding that Scottish government ministers appear in front of Holyrood before the summer recess to explain what they view as the crisis facing Scotland’s schools because of the pandemic.

    The Scottish government is coming under increased pressure about its plan for blended learning when children return to class in August.

    With some councils saying it means pupils will only attend school one day per week, Shadow Education Secretary Jamie Greene wants full scrutiny of the plan in the Scottish Parliament.

    "It’s clear Scottish education is now facing an unprecedented crisis," he says. "We cannot have a situation where this SNP government disappears for the summer without it being addressed.

    “Last week epitomised the confusion and mixed messaging over plans for schools, with local councils saying one thing and the first minister and [Education Secretary] John Swinney saying another."

  9. Half of £10m shortfall met by Aberdeen Football Club

    Aberdeen have covered half an estimated income hit of £10m through cost savings and fundraising, chairman Dave Cormack says.

    On Thursday, the Scottish Premiership club said they had began talks over wage cuts with players and staff.

    Cormack said they had budgeted for fans returning to games in September but now face the prospect of limited crowds until the new year.

    "Football success and protecting jobs a priority," he tweeted.

    Aberdeen cover half of £10m shortfall

    Aberdeen

    Aberdeen cover £5m of an estimated income hit of £10m through cost savings and fundraising, says chairman Dave Cormack.

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  10. Discrimination at work cases associated with lockdown

    Cases of discrimination at work are on the rise because of the Covid-19 lockdown, lawyer Jillian Merchant tells BBC Radio Scotland.

    The discrimination expert says: "Cases are coming up a lot, particularly among those who are shielding because of a disability or who have had coronavirus and have been treated differently at work or where benefits are being taken off them.

    "There's also ongoing issues with women workers who can't go to work because of childcare - of course, the nurseries and schools are shut. That's an issue we are going to see for some time until we are more back to normal in terms of childcare."

    Ms Merchant also expects the amount of cases to rise as the job protection scheme is run down and explains that it is often the case of employers finding the regulations complicated.

    "With discrimination, the law is clear, but the difficulty for employers is that they will put in a policy and it will maybe affect women more than men, for example, opening it up to a challenge of inequality," she adds.

  11. ScotRail to provide free face masks at 18 stations on Monday

    A ScotRail train at Glasgow central station

    ScotRail will provide face masks for free at more than a dozen stations on Monday as coverings become mandatory on public transport.

    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Thursday that from 22 June passengers would be required to cover their faces on all forms of public transport, apart from children under five and people with certain medical conditions.

    To help people comply, railway operator ScotRail said face masks will be available free of charge at 18 of its busiest stations for a limited period but asked passengers to bring their own if possible.

    The stations include Queen Street, Central, Exhibition Centre, Hyndland and Argyle Street in Glasgow and Haymarket and Waverley in Edinburgh.

    The others are Inverness, Aberdeen, Johnstone, Ayr, Paisley Gilmour Street, Linlithgow, Falkirk High, Bathgate, Airdrie, Dalmuir and Motherwell.

  12. Tourism sector 'will require long-term help'

    Video content

    Video caption: Coronavirus: Scottish tourism needs 'long-term help'

    Scotland's tourism sector will need "long-term help" to recover from the economic impact of Covid-19.

    Tourism Secretary Fergus Ewing said this included extending the furlough scheme beyond October.

    He also urged the UK government to cut VAT to 5% as the sector prepares to reopen on 15 July.

    But Scotland Office minister Iain Stewart said the Scottish government should be "more ambitious" on reviving the economy by autumn.

    Read more here.

  13. Aberdeen family get green light to end Nepal lockdown

    A family from Aberdeen have been told they can continue their round-the-world trip after having to spend three months in lockdown in a remote town in Nepal.

    Kris and Julie Smith and their two children - nine-year-old Erihn and four-year-old Jacob - can now resume their journey to Everest Base Camp.

    They left Aberdeen in almost exactly a year ago to fulfil a "big crazy dream" of travelling around the globe.

    However, coronavirus lockdown measures came into force in March.

    Since then, they have been in a hotel next to an airport runway in Lukla - a small town in the Solukhumbu region - thousands of miles from home.

    Read more.

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  14. Four more suspected cases of Covid-19 in care homes

    Four more cases of suspected Covid-19 have been recorded in Scotland's adult care homes, with 348 - 32% - of the country's homes having at least one current case among their residents.

    In all, 688 care homes (64%) have now lodged at least one notification for suspected Covid-19 to the Care Inspectorate, with 526 of them having more than one case.

    It means a total of 6,456 residents have been suspected of having Covid-19 in care homes.

    Meanwhile, 770 elderly patients remain delayed in hospital while awaiting a move to community care - 842 fewer than normal.

  15. No new recorded deaths from Covid-19 in Scotland

    Latest figures published by the Scottish government reveal that 18,156 people have tested positive for Covid-19, an increase of 26 from yesterday.

    There were 801 people in hospital last night (down 32), with 518 confirmed cases and 283 suspected. There are 16 people in intensive care, an increase of two.

    No further deaths of people who tested positive for Covid-19 have been recorded, meaning the total in Scotland, by that measure, remains at 2,472 deaths.

    3,976 people have been discharged from hospital after receiving treatment for the virus since 5 March.

  16. Scottish horse racing will resume at Ayr on Monday

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    Video caption: Horseracing: 'Significant differences' at Ayr Racecourse to get racing under way again

    Horse racing will resume in Scotland at Ayr on Monday after the Scottish government approved the resumption of professional sport without crowds.

    The sport has been suspended in Scotland since 17 March but restarted in England on 1 June.

    The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) had allocated 24 meetings to Scottish courses across June, July and August pending approval.

    Ayr on 22 June is the first, followed by two at Hamilton on 24 and 28 June.

    Read more.

  17. Collins critical of Hibs decision to shelve youth academy

    Hibernian's youth academy needs to be "fixed" but not mothballed, former player and manager John Collins says.

    A review of the Scottish Premiership club's academy structure has led to it being shelved, with owner Ronald Gordon saying the club's "limited resources" will now be focused on the first team.

    Hibs are in talks with players and staff over wage cuts and job losses after last season was cut short by the Covid-19 crisis.

    "It doesn't need to be closed down, that is the wrong thing," Collins told BBC Radio Scotland's Sportsound.

    'Wrong if Hibs shelve youth academy'

    John Collins & Scott Brown

    Hibernian's youth academy needs to be "fixed" but not mothballed, says former player and manager John Collins.

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  18. Reducing 2m rule 'should involve other mitigation measures'

    The Andrew Marr Show

    Jonathan Ashworth

    Jonathan Ashworth, Labour's shadow health secretary in Westminster, says it would be "an understandable move" to reduce the 2m social distancing rule to 1m "if it is backed by the science".

    The government will outline proposals on how to safely reduce the 2m rule in England this week, with Health Secretary Matt Hancock saying the distance could be lowered with "mitigations".

    Mr Ashworth tells the Andrew Marr Show that "2m is quite clearly marginally better than 1m", but other counties around the world had tended to impose a 1m rule as part of broader mitigation measures.

    These have usually involved greater wearing of face masks and providing workers who are very public facing with face shields.

    "They have usually got a better test and trace system up and running too, and an app up and running, which we famously haven’t after the government abandoned it," he added.

    Mr Ashworth said that, although infection rates, hospital admissions and death rates are all coming down, "this is still a deadly virus".

    Quote Message: We cannot be complacent. If we are going to relax some measures, we need to make sure other mitigation measures are in place.” from Jonathan Ashworth Shadow health secretary
    Jonathan AshworthShadow health secretary