Families are gearing up for the relaxing of Covid-19 regulations next week and being able to hug each other.

And revellers will celebrate with pubs and restaurants throwing open their doors to allow drinkers to buy alcohol inside again from Monday.

Dalbeattie publican Drew Geddes spoke of his relief at finally being able to serve alcohol indoors at his Maxwell Arms hostelry.

He said: “It’s great news, I think everybody is looking forward to Monday’s openings and having a glass of wine with their meals.

“We will be able to do weddings now for up to 50 people and now I just have to start recruiting staff.”

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the easing of restrictions earlier this week following a drop in the number of coronavirus cases in the country.

But she insisted there was still a need for social distancing within the pubs and restaurants while a “more fundamental review” of the regulations will be carried out in the next three weeks with a view to further relaxations.

Alcohol can be served indoors in pubs or restaurants which will be allowed to stay open until 10.30pm – and up to six adults from three households will be able to meet indoors.

A traffic light system will be introduced for international travel from Monday.

Ms Sturgeon also announced that the requirement for social distancing during meetings indoors or in private gardens would be dropped.

She said: “I actually feel a wee bit emotional saying this … from Monday, as long as you stay within permitted limits, you can hug your loved ones again.

“But it’s vital to be cautious”.

Scotland is also aligning with the UK government’s plans to open up international travel, but taking more time to consider easing the requirements for face coverings in school.

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