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"Beyond Level Zero": First Minister sets a new course

Beginning on Monday 9th of August, limitations due to COVID-19 will be lowered ‘beyond the current level 0 restrictions,’ Sturgeon told MSPs


By Josh Pizzuto-Pomaco


"Scottish Parliament Chamber"by Bods is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0


Last Tuesday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon addressed the Scottish Parliament revealing her plan to further ease COVID-19 restrictions.


Sturgeon cited the high percentage of vaccinated individuals along with a decrease in COVID-19 cases and hospitalisations as rationale to reduce the restrictions.


In Sturgeon’s address it was mentioned how 72% of adults over 18 and 93% of adults over 40 are fully vaccinated.


She said, ‘The move beyond level 0 will entail the lifting of most of the remaining legally imposed restrictions - most notably on physical distancing and limits to the size of social gatherings.’

Sturgeon’s announcement is sure to be welcome news to university students across Scotland, many of whom are planning to return to their campuses for the beginning of the autumn term next month.


University of Aberdeen Communication officials offered an optimistic update to students via email on Friday, sharing the First Minister’s plan whilst encouraging students to take the COVID-19 vaccine when offered.


The email also discussed plans to open a COVID-19 vaccination centre on campus at the start of the autumn term.


Furthermore, students were reminded of the University’s current plan for returning to campus in September.


Officials emphasised that students should expect large lectures to be held virtually and that one-meter distancing procedures would be in effect for other forms of teaching.

Notably for international students, the email stated that the University would pay for managed quarantine for students travelling from a country on the UK red list.