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  1. Good night...

    Lines in the capital ran along Princes Street, with police there to manage the queues
    Image caption: Lines in the capital ran along Princes Street, with police there to manage the queues

    That's all from us here on the live page on Monday 29 June, the fourth day in a row no deaths from coronavirus were registered in Scotland

    After 14 weeks of lockdown, Scotland's non-essential retailers finally emerged from the coronavirus lockdown, as did many shoppers.

    The first minister again called on people to wear face coverings when going to the shops.

    Nicola Sturgeon
    Image caption: Nicola Sturgeon called on people to wear face coverings when shopping

    Here's Monday's other headlines:

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    Video caption: Coronavirus: Shopping returns to Scotland's streets

    Many Scots braved the rain, with Primark stores in Glasgow and Dundee very busy.

  3. 'We need to be ready for the unpredictable'

    Drivetime with John Beattie

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Covid

    "We need to be ready for things to be unpredictable," says Dr David Chung, head of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine in Scotland.

    The coronavirus numbers are all going in the right direction in Scotland, with Dr Chung saying the figures are "really encouraging" and "a vindication of strategy".

    But he warns there are still over 500 people in hospital with the confirmed cases of the virus, which is "a decent sized hospital on its own".

    He was part of a group that met with Health Secretary Jeane Freeman today and believes one of the main challenges now is to "sustain new ways of working".

    He says: "Covid has forced us to change some of our behaviours to limit the harm the virus could do and we've done things that were perhaps better than we were doing before. Can we keep it going? Have we got the resources to keep providing services to patients when they need them?"

  4. 'The Home Office is not listening'

    Drivetime with John Beattie

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Campaigners are calling for an independent inquiry into an asylum seeker "accommodation crisis" after Friday's attack at a hotel in Glasgow.

    Glasgow.Mears Housing are the group responsible for moving asylum seekers into hotels.

    "When you have private providers they are always looking at the bottom line and that has been highlighted in this horrible situation," said Alison Thewliss MP for Glasgow Central.

    "The Home Office have put out to tender their responsibility."

    Roza Salih, a Human Rights Campaigner, says concerns over the conditions in the hotels were raised weeks before Friday's attack took place.

    "The Home Office is not listening," Ms Salih tells BBC Radio Scotland, who thinks the contract for looking after asylum seekers should return to local councils.

  5. Hopes shoppers will 'slowly click' and wear face coverings...

    Toby Watts, who runs Tweed Art in Peebles, not only wears a mask but supplies them to his customers "who maybe say they've forgotten one".

    "I think people will slowly click on and realise, I hope, it is safety first," he says.

    Louise Canny, from Eloise Jewellers in Kirkcaldy, adds: "We've got a big airy shop here and we keep the doors open and it is just indoctrinated into us now that we do stand back after putting an item down. We don't have to guide people to do that. They do it automatically and it's lovely."

  6. Most shoppers ignoring government call to wear masks

    Kilts Wi Hae's shop in Aberdeenshire
    Image caption: Kilts Wi Hae's shop in Aberdeenshire opened today

    Shop owners have expressed their delight at being able to reopen today but report that few customers are wearing the face coverings requested by the Scottish government.

    Lindsay Ritchie, from Kilts Wi Hae in Newmacher, Aberdeenshire, admits that she has been letting her husband do her own shopping because of anxiety.

    "There's only a few people who have been in the shop who have worn face coverings, but we've got a lot of space and we are quite rural, there's not always someone here, so they can wander about quite freely, so it hasn't bothered me overly," she tells BBC Radio Scotland.

    "But it's the anxiety thing. When I've been out at shops myself, I've found it be quite a horrible experience personally and I just don't want it to be like that with us."

  7. Asylum seekers in hotel 'struggling with privacy and food'

    Drivetime with John Beattie

    BBC Radio Scotland

    Badreddin Abadlla Adam was shot dead by police after attacking six people, including a police officer
    Image caption: Badreddin Abadlla Adam was shot dead by police after attacking six people, including a police officer

    Campaigners are calling for an independent inquiry into an asylum seeker "accommodation crisis" after Friday's attack at a hotel in central Glasgow.

    Six people were stabbed - including a police officer - and the attacker Badreddin Abadlla Adam was shot dead by police in the incident.

    Asylum seekers have been placed in UK hotels since the beginning of the cornavirus outbreak. Andrew, 33, is from Biafra, and is one of the residents at the Park Inn, on West George Street.

    He told BBC Scotland that many of those staying in the hotel were worried and unhappy with the conditions but afraid to speak up for "fear of victimisation".

    "People wanted to know why they were being kept this long in the hotel," he said.

    "It's been hard not having privacy and there are challenges with food. I'm an African and I do normally like eating African food but I can't have that here. I just have to eat what I'm given."

    PC David Whyte is being treated in hospital for serious injuries
    Image caption: PC David Whyte is being treated in hospital for serious injuries
  8. FM urges everyone to wear a face covering in a shop

    The first minister used today's briefing to yet again urge everyone to wear a face covering in a shop.

    Ms Sturgeon also stressed again people must follow the five pieces of advice in FACTS: They are:

    • Face coverings in enclosed spaces
    • Avoid crowded places
    • Clean hands and surfaces regularly
    • Two metre distancing; and
    • Self-isolate and book a test if you have symptoms
  9. 'July key to get the numbers as low as possible'

    Drivetime with John Beattie

    BBC Radio Scotland

    "It's fantastic news and it does mean we really are on top of this," says Dr Poppy Lamberton, Global Public Health Specialist at the University of Glasgow in reaction to the news that Scotland has gone four successive days without a registered Covid-19 death.

    "There is still a long way to go and I think July may be key time to get the numbers as low as possible. Moving forward, we can then really focus on test and trace.

    "If the number of new cases remain low, we have all the logistics in place to deal with it quickly when new infections do arise. Then it's about making sure people are isolating when they get that phone call saying 'you've been in contact with someone who now has symptoms'."

    Testing will be very important as the number of new cases drop
    Image caption: Testing will be very important as the number of new cases drop
  10. Postponed three times, but wedding wait over for Fife couple

    Drivetime with John Beattie

    BBC Radio Scotland

    It's fourth time lucky for Emma Langridge and fiance Andy as they become one of the first couples to tie the knot on the first day since weddings were permitted again after three months of lockdown.

    While having her hair and make-up done ahead of the ceremony at 17:30 BST, Ms Langridge has been telling BBC Radio Scotland's John Beattie that the waiting has "been quite stressful".

    "We've postponed it three times because we didn't know when it was going to be happening," she says. "As soon as the date was given, we just booked the first available one we could get."

    Weddings are only allowed outdoors and with a limited number of guests and the humanist ceremony will take place in the couple's garden in Fife.

    Here's a couple getting married in Madrid during the pandemic
    Image caption: Here's a couple getting married in Madrid during the pandemic

    "We're only allowed eight people in the garden," Ms Langridge says. "We are a family of four, so we can only have four guests, but our neighbours have been absolutely amazing, so they are letting us use their garden.

    "So we are allowed other guests in each - three families. So that's 16 guests altogether with our neighbours watching out the window."

    Drivetime will return for the ceremony as the couple make their promises to one another.

  11. Briefing key points: No deaths from coronavirus for fourth day in a row

    • For the fourth day in a row no deaths from coronavirus have been registered in Scotland
    • The Scottish government report includes suggestions for an employment guarantee for young people and a temporary cut in VAT
    • FM begins briefing praising police and health workers’ response to the knife attack at a hotel in Glasgow on Friday
    Nicola Sturgeon
    Image caption: Nicola Sturgeon reiterated her call for people to wear face coverings in shops
    • The Scottish government is still considering its own quarantine proposals after the UK government decided to relax non-essential travel to certain European countries.
    • No quarantine plans right now for people coming from rUK into Scotland says FM
    • Sturgeon warns if there is ongoing divergence between England and Scotland mitigation of any public health impact would need to be considered
    • It is regrettable that there has not been a meeting of the civil contingencies committee Cobra "for weeks" says FM
    • Sturgeon again calls on the public to wear a face covering when shopping
  12. Shoppers 'euphoric' as retailers reopen

    Angie Brown

    Edinburgh and East reporter

    Olaf Zarzyka
    Image caption: Olaf Zarzyka

    Edinburgh shoppers said they were "euphoric" as non-essential retailers were allowed to open following the coronavirus lockdown

    Some said they felt relief that normality was returning to their city while others hoped to snap up bargains. Torrential rain in the capital stopped people from forming large queues outside shops.

    However, some shoppers said they were disappointed that not all shops had reopened. Shopping centres in Scotland will be allowed to open fully from 15 July.

    Olaf Zarzyka, 17, from Edinburgh, said: "I was in town by 7am and found the shops opened up at different times. It's cool because it feels like normal life is coming back.

    "There were quite a lot of sales, it thought there would have been more but there has been a good amount. "I wanted to come into town to see what there was and it has made me feel happy and good."

    Clare Platt
    Image caption: Clare Platt

    Clare Platt, 56, went to the Edinburgh Bookshop in Bruntsfield as her first shop since the lockdown restrictions lifted.

    She said: "I'm euphoric that the shops are open again and the rain didn't deter me."

  13. Indoor & contact training returns for professional athletes

    Swimmers can get back to training this week - but public pools remain closed
    Image caption: Elite level swimmers can get back to training this week - but public pools remain closed

    Professional athletes, including swimmers, can now train indoors after a further easing of coronavirus restrictions.

    However, they can only use venues specified by sportscotland, with Covid-19 screening and temperature checks in place.

    Contact training outside is also now permitted, stepping up a return for football and rugby.

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  14. Animals and visitors reunited - at a social distance

    Zoos and wildlife parks are among the attractions able to open again today as the Scottish government eases the lockdown - and customers braved the rain to reacquaint themselves with the animals at Edinburgh Zoo.

    Penguins social distance with visitors returning to Edinburgh Zoo
    Image caption: The penguins were keeping a social distance from visitors returning to Edinburgh Zoo
    A social distancing notice at Edinburgh Zoo
    Image caption: There is plenty of signage telling visitors how to keep themselves and animals safe