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Leisure and entertainment venues reopen across Scotland

The move comes as the Scottish Government set out further easing of lockdown restrictions.

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Members of the public in the bingo hall at MECCA Bingo in Glasgow as the premises were allowed to reopen (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Members of the public in the bingo hall at MECCA Bingo in Glasgow as the premises were allowed to reopen (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Members of the public in the bingo hall at MECCA Bingo in Glasgow as the premises were allowed to reopen (Andrew Milligan/PA)

More lockdown restrictions have been eased across Scotland, allowing for further entertainment and leisure facilities to reopen.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced on Thursday that bingo halls, casinos, snooker halls, funfairs and amusement arcades can reopen on Monday, with physical distancing and hygiene measures in place.

It is more than seven weeks since similar moves were made in England for venues such as bingo halls.

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A live show is due to take place as part of Edinburgh’s festivals season (Jane Barlow/PA)

A live show is due to take place as part of Edinburgh’s festivals season (Jane Barlow/PA)

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A live show is due to take place as part of Edinburgh’s festivals season (Jane Barlow/PA)

Some outdoor live events are now permitted, with physical distancing, while driving lessons and contact sports outside can also resume.

Indoor face-to-face advisory services, such as Citizens Advice, can restart.

At the time, Ms Sturgeon said: “I hope the reopening of some services will be welcomed because we know it is essential to reduce the economic harm this virus is doing, but I hope people will also understand why, as we try to open services and keep them open, we must take firm action when rules and guidance are not being complied with.”

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Casinos were among the premises able to reopen (Andrew Milligan/PA)

Casinos were among the premises able to reopen (Andrew Milligan/PA)

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Casinos were among the premises able to reopen (Andrew Milligan/PA)

The news was welcomed across affected industries, while a live event was announced as part of the Edinburgh festivals season.

Nathan Cassidy’s Observational show will take place at The Three Sisters on Monday, with physical distancing, hygiene and restricted numbers.

Derek Mitchell, chief executive of Citizens Advice Scotland, said that the reopening of its bureaux was vital for supporting the most vulnerable people face to face.

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