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  1. That's it for today

    bus passenger

    We'll be back with live coverage of the latest developments tomorrow, including Education Secretary John Swinney's update on plans for reopening schools next term.

    See you then

  2. Monday's headlines...

    • A group advising Scottish ministers on how to repair the economic crisis caused by coronavirus has called for a jobs guarantee for 16 to 25-year-olds
    • No new deaths among people who have tested positive for Covid-19 have been registered in the last 24 hours in Scotland. There are currently 15 patients in ICU
    • Face coverings are now compulsory on public transport including buses, trains, trams, ferries and aircraft
    • First Bus tell BBC Scotland that compliance has been mixed, with only around 50% wearing masks on their Glasgow routes
    • A plan to take the contact details of those visiting bars and restaurants is being considered as part of the opening of hospitality
    • Dental practices reopened for urgent care only
    • UK government reviewing whether 2m rule on social distancing in England should be reduced to 1m
    • 'Do it at home' coronavirus saliva test trialled being trialled in England
    • Emergency timetable restrictions are to be lifted from ferry services for the Northern Isles and Clyde and the Hebrides
    • Scottish League One and Two clubs indicate their desire for a shortened season starting in October
  3. Three-at-a-time set-up for personal prayer

    St Cuthbert's church in Edinburgh
    Image caption: St Cuthbert's church in Edinburgh is reopening for small numbers of worshippers to pray

    A memorial chapel at a church in Edinburgh is to open for private prayers as lockdown restrictions have been further eased.

    St Cuthbert's Church will allow three people to be praying at once with standalone chairs set up two metres apart to assist social distancing amid the coronavirus outbreak.

    The Church of Scotland building is to open on certain days for two hours as the country has progressed to phase two of the lockdown exit strategy.

    Quote Message: St Cuthbert's has been a house of prayer for 1,400 years and the memorial chapel has always been a place of private prayer and reflection which we use at this time of year for visitors. The congregation is really pleased that other people will be able to drop in and experience the peacefulness of the beautiful chapel imminently. from Rev Peter Sutton St Cuthbert's minister
    Rev Peter SuttonSt Cuthbert's minister
  4. What's happening in other parts of the UK?

    woman self isolating

    In England people who have been self-isolating during the pandemic will no longer need to shield from 1 August.

    From 6 July, they will be able to meet up outdoors, in a group, with up to five others and form 'support bubbles' with other households.

    And Northern Ireland has announced a further easing of its lockdown measures.

    Groups of up to six people can meet indoors from Tuesday.

    First Minister Arlene Foster said it would be a "new milestone" in NI's journey out of the Covid-19 lockdown.

    It means Northern Ireland will become the first part of the UK to permit limited indoor gatherings.

  5. Lost sense of smell - but still able to run 5k

    Illustration of pin-prick antibody test
    Image caption: Illustration of pin-prick antibody test

    Pamela McDonell received a shock positive coronavirus test result when she took an antibody test.

    She recalls losing her sense of smell and taste at the very start of lockdown (before this was officially confirmed as a symptom), but didn’t think anything of it because she was able to do 5k runs.

    She says one day she did come home and “felt a bit weak,” but it didn’t keep her in bed. She also looks after six children, none of whom had showed any symptoms either.

    Her husband, on the other hand, was in bed for a week in March – so she suspects he had the virus then too.

  6. Public drinking 'not fair' on others using green spaces

    Drivetime with John Beattie

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Litter has been an issue due to increased levels of drinking outside
    Image caption: Litter has been an issue due to increased levels of drinking outside in lockdown

    Glasgow by-laws prohibit drinking alcohol in public spaces but, with a few bars now open for takeaway drinks, we are seeing a few people openly imbibing in the street or in parks.

    BBC Scotland's John Beattie got in touch with the council, which said it had no problem with drinks in containers as long as the containers have a lid.

    The lid, it is argued, means it is not an invitation to booze al fresco in breach of the by-law. However, they promise to keep a keen eye on the situation.

    Councillor for East Kilbride West, Monique McAdams, says there has been a problem in parks and woodland in her South Lanarkshire area.

    "First of all, it's an offence," she tells BBC Radio Scotland. "And then there are the knock-on effects, such as needing to urinate. There is a lot of litter, broken bottles, and people are lighting fires.

    "It's not fair on the other people who want to use these green spaces in these trying times."

  7. Ferries move away from emergency timetables

    CalMac ferry

    Emergency timetable restrictions are to be lifted from ferry services for the Northern Isles and Clyde and the Hebrides.

    Serco Northlink and Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) have been running reduced services for essential travel since March.

    Increased sailings form part of the easing of lockdown restrictions.

    But 2m social distancing will still be required, meaning reduced capacity on passenger ferries.

  8. Key points from today's first minister's briefing

    Nicola Sturgeon

    Missed Nicola Sturgeon's daily briefing? Here are the highlights.

    • A group advising Scottish ministers on the economic crisis, led by former Tesco Bank boss Benny Higgins, calls for a jobs guarantee for 16 to 25-year-olds
    • Mr Higgins tells the briefing the economic recovery must create jobs and focus on the climate emergency
    • There have been no confirmed Covid deaths in the last 24 hours, but another 14 people have tested positive.
    • Ms Sturgeon confirms that the Deputy First Minister John Swinney will make a statement on the next steps on reopening schools to Holyrood on Tuesday.
    • She says the health minister will reveal more details about testing later in the week, and suggests testing in schools may be part of a package to get pupils back into classrooms full-time.
  9. Return to contact football training under consideration

    Brian McLauchlin

    BBC Sport Scotland

    Celtic player Tom Rogic in training

    The Scottish government is "considering proposals" to allow contact training for footballers before the planned resumption of the Scottish Premiership on 1 August.

    Professional sport can resume from today behind closed doors. However, training is still restricted to small groups with social distancing measures in place.

    A government spokesperson said starting contact training is "subject to ministerial approval".

    Sports bodies must submit "detailed public health plans".

    "We are aware football has set a provisional resumption date of 1 August and we are currently considering proposals to allow contact training to resume before then with supporting public health measures," the spokesperson added.

  10. FM stresses need for public to follow the FACTS

    At today's Scottish government briefing the first minister stressed repeatedly that people must get the five pieces of advice in FACTS:

    They are:

    • Face coverings in enclosed spaces
    • Avoid crowded places
    • Clean hands and surfaces regularly
    • Two metre distancing; and
    • Self-isolate and book a test if you have symptoms.
  11. Bus drivers in 'tricky position' over use of face coverings

    Drivetime with John Beattie

    BBC Radio Scotland

    A bus in central Glasgow

    From today, it's mandatory to wear a face covering on public transport and it looks like a bit of a mixed picture across the country.

    Andrew Jarvis, managing director of the First Bus (Scotland) group, tells BBC Radio Scotland that compliance has been up to 90% in certain areas and as low as 50% in others, with Glasgow being a problem on day one.

    "The drivers are in a tricky position," says Mr Jarvis. "They are trying to manage the numbers on the bus and politely reminding people they should be wearing a mask.

    "If somebody says they are exempt for medical reasons, there's nothing the driver can do.

    "It's early days, but we will probably need a bit of help in certain hot spots and that might be police just reminding people of the new rules.

    "We don't expect it to be a big ongoing problem and we hope people will do it for their own good and the good of their fellow citizens."

  12. WHO warns of 'lack of leadership' over pandemic

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of a lack of global leadership over the pandemic.

    "The world is in desperate need of national unity and global solidarity. The politicisation of the pandemic has exacerbated it," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has told a virtual health forum.

    "The greatest threat we face now is not the virus itself - it's the lack of global solidarity and global leadership."

    The WHO has also said the pandemic is still accelerating and that its economic and other effects would be felt for decades.

    Almost nine million people have been infected and nearly 470,000​ have died.

  13. Watching a funeral from 400 miles away

    Drivetime with John Beattie

    BBC Radio Scotland


    One man has made the difficult decision not to travel the 400-mile journey for his father's funeral.

    Michael, who lives in Glasgow, will instead be watching the ceremony tomorrow from a live stream on Facebook.

    The easing of lockdown rules does mean he could make the journey. But Michael tells Drivetime: "I think it’s less about what maybe you can get away with under the rules than doing the right thing.”

    But not being there on the day does not mean he is not taking part. Michael has written the eulogy, which will be delivered by his younger brother Anthony.

  14. Coronavirus in Scotland: Latest guidance and advice

    1. Coronavirus (COVID-19) Phase 2: Scotland’s route map update: Updated Route Map to reflect the move to Phase 2 in Scotland's route map through and out of the crisis.

    2. Coronavirus (COVID-19): Scotland's route map - what you can and cannot do: Information about easing the coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

    3. Test and Protect: If you have Covid-19 symptoms go immediately to NHS Inform online or phone 0800 028 2816 to book a test

    4. NHS Inform: The latest from NHS Scotland and the Scottish government, including social distancing, face covering and stay at home advice.

    5. Coronavirus (COVID-19): shielding support and contacts

    6. Support for those at high COVID-19 risk: The helpline is 0800 111 4000

    7. Clear Your Head: Here's some tips to help get you through the pandemic.

  15. Church doors open for individual worship

    Drivetime with John Beattie

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Churches and other places of worship are opening their doors today, but, again, it's far from back to normal.

    "We are just dipping our toe in," says Reverend Doctor George Whyte, principle clerk of the Church of Scotland, with buildings offering space for individual prayer or contemplation.

    "We are still thinking our way around how it works," Rev Whyte explains. "It's quite difficult to be open for long periods since we are relying on volunteers but we have worked up substantial guidance on how our churches can be safe places in the weeks that lie ahead.

    "We are looking forward to the next phase when bigger groups are allowed."

  16. Loch Ness cycle race cancelled

    Etape Loch Ness

    Cycle race Etape Loch Ness has been cancelled for this year.

    The popular event was due to take place on 26 April before being postponed until 13 September.

    Organisers Caledonian Concepts have now decided to not go ahead this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

    It said all entries will automatically be transferred to the 2021 Etape Loch Ness, taking place on 25 April.

  17. Dentists back at work for urgent care

    Drivetime with John Beattie

    BBC Radio Scotland

    A dentist at work

    As of today, dental practices are able to see patients with urgent care needs.

    But it's not a straightforward as it sounds since health boards have separate requirements and treatment is limited.

    "It's been hectic, but it's good to be back," says Forth Valley dentist Gillian Lennox.

    "We are open for emergency care only. If you have severe toothache, we can now help, but it's not business as usual just yet."

    So what qualifies as urgent care? Pain that is not responding to pain killers - or if you have had a course of antibiotics and still experiencing pain - are top of the list.

    If you have a swelling or a trauma, you have the green light too.

    Dentists are wearing aprons and visors over masks and are not allowed to use any aerosol generating equipment - so no drilling at your regular practice.