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Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, our lives as we knew it would change. Without question, we were deprived of our lives, our friends and loved ones. Face masks were a requirement from the Scottish Government to the public to wear to larger public outings. Such as supermarkets, shopping centres and on public transport. This was put in place to protect us from this deadly virus. After almost two years, the face mask restriction are to be lifted soon. The Prime Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon as stated in BBC news has said face masks would no longer be required by the Scottish government to wear after the Easter Monday, the 18th of April.
This date has long been awaited by many Scottish citizens. As Nicola Sturgeon has previously openly talked about lifting this requirement of face masks earlier than the current date, as said in BBC news she has delayed this due to the rising cases of COVID-19. The number of the cases were rising as high as 12, 000. In March it has decreased to about 5,000, which paved the way for freedom from restrictions for residents of Scotland however, she lifted face masks to be worn specifically on the 4th of April as normally it would be required at funerals and weddings.
According to BBC news the virus has certainly decreased since the pandemic started. However, it has not quite gone away as the NHS still struggles daily to cope with the number of admissions to hospitals all over Scotland. The Prime Minister has recommended even though face masks will no longer be required by law after the 18th of April, we should still ensure the protection of others in bigger public events and to wear a face mask if we deemed it necessary.
According to Herald Scotland “Covid threat level is expected to be reduced from medium to low during the Spring”. This goes to show that, the cases have significantly dropped since the start of the pandemic. This phased and slow approach from Nicola Sturgeon has benefited Scotland in the end of this. After all other restrictions that were dropped over the months due to the improvements in COVID-19 cases. The Scottish citizens are eager for the last restriction to be lifted.
We can only hope that after Easter Monday the restrictions will continue to be dropped by the Scottish government. We continue to crave freedom and control over our lives, we may never know whether something similar could happen in the future. We can only try to live in the moment and attempt to move past the pandemic and enjoy what we currently have in our lives.
BBC News (2022) Lifting Of Scottish Face Mask Laws Confirmed
The Herald (2022) Covid Scotland: Facemask Law For Most Indoor Settings Remains Until Easter Monday
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