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Scotland is facing tighter rules on quarantine and travel in a review of the country’s lockdown restrictions.

Nicola Sturgeon will outline what changes are being made in a statement at the Scottish Parliament around 2pm.

Yesterday, she signalled there will be no easing off until mid February at the earliest while Covid-19 continues to spread in high numbers.

Instead, the First Minister is expected to set out tweaks to the rules and the latest details for parents, teachers and pupils who have been dealing with remote learning since the winter break.

At her last briefing, Sturgeon said “lockdown is working” with the number of infections falling.

But she added: “That said, case numbers are still high, too high, much higher than we would want them to be, so we need to get them down further – then

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Can I travel after lockdown? The key questions and answers

Missing persons: Waterloo station, normally the busiest transport terminal in Europe (Simon Calder)
Missing persons: Waterloo station, normally the busiest transport terminal in Europe (Simon Calder)

England’s nationwide lockdown may be ending on 2 December, but that doesn’t mean all restrictions are being lifted. Here’s everything you need to know about travelling after lockdown.

What are the current rules on travel within the UK and when will they change?

In England, no one should be travelling except for essential reasons – such as for work, education, medical treatment and other important journeys.

From one minute past midnight on Wednesday 2 December this will end – and with it 27 days of lockdown in England.

The prime minister said: “As we end our national restrictions on 2 December, they will not be replaced with a free for all. England will instead continue to use a sensible approach based on three tiers.

“And since the prevalence of the disease is, alas, still high, these tiers

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Airlines cancel international flights ahead of national lockdown

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Airlines have been busy overnight working on plans to cancel the majority of leisure flights in response to England’s impending national lockdown.

Under new rules announced by the Government on Saturday, non-essential travel – both domestic and international – is banned from Thursday November 5 until at least December 2.

That takes all overseas holidays off the table during this period, as well as staycations, given that overnight stays away from home are not permitted.

Paul Charles, CEO of travel consultancy the PC Agency, tells Telegraph Travel: “Airline planning teams are already working on cancelling outbound flights after November 5, and it will be difficult to plan for December based on a lack of visibility as to what will happen closer to Christmas. 

“In the short-term, airlines will be looking at combining scheduled flights returning to the UK, so that

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Covid: North Wales lockdown travel rules ‘disproportionate’

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Restrictions will be imposed across four different council areas in north Wales

Travel restrictions planned for north Wales are disproportionate, the region’s Tory MPs and Senedd members say.

They have urged Welsh ministers to reconsider lockdowns in four council areas, due to come into force at 18:00 on Thursday.

One MP, James Davies of Vale of Clwyd, said the changes were nonsensical and called for more targeted action.

The Welsh Government said the local restrictions will be kept under review.

Under the restrictions people will not be able to leave or enter Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham without a “reasonable excuse”.

That can include work, if you cannot work from home, and for education, but not tourism.

The restrictions are the same as those imposed in most of south Wales.

Earlier Flintshire’s council leader said people ignoring coronavirus rules by socialising in people’s homes

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