Covid-19: step towards normality as restrictions ease across north-east

The north-east is taking its biggest step out of lockdown so far this year as Covid-19 restrictions ease across the region today.

Restaurants and cafes, beer gardens, non-essential shops and gyms can all welcome customers for the first time since Christmas.

Alcohol cannot be served indoors, but is allowed outside.

Leisure centres and attractions such as galleries and museums can also reopen, along with tourist accommodation.

Funerals and weddings can take place with up to 50 people in attendance, non-essential childcare is permitted again, people can have non-essential work carried out in their homes, and driving lessons can resume.

Derek Young is the owner of A2B Driving School in Aberdeen:

Allison Chaney, manager at Aberdeen's M&S store, believes people will be looking forward to returning to shops:

Graeme Dale, of Sport Aberdeen, says a return to gyms and fitness centres will be beneficial:

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