Nicola Sturgeon says Scotland not ready to relax 2m distance rule

Glasgow Cityscape

There are no plans to cut the 2m social distance rule in Scotland, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said today. The response comes as Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that coronavirus restrictions will be further lifted in England.

Nicola Sturgeon said there would be a update tomorrow in relation to continuing lockdown easing in Scotland as we move through Phase Two, but she indicated that there would be no decision on reducing the 2m rule on social distancing indoors until the Scottish Government’s Scientific Advisory Group has examined evidence and made a recommendation.

This process is expected to be completed by 2nd July.


Nicola Sturgeon told her daily briefing in Edinburgh that she would be “very interested” to see the scientific evidence upon which the UK government had based its decision.

She said: “The Scottish government is clear that the advice and evidence we have right now supports physical distancing at 2m in order to reduce the risk of virus transmission.

“But we have asked in what settings, what circumstances and with what additional mitigation it might be possible to accept the risk of people not keeping to a 2m distance.

“That advice will be available by the 2nd of July. Until then the position here in Scotland remains the same, we are advising people to maintain 2m physical distancing.”