Nicola Sturgeon imposes travel ban on Blackburn and Darwen residents and other local authority areas

First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, has imposed restrictions against travel to and from Scotland to three local authority areas south of the border.

Friday, 21st May 2021, 3:29 pm
Updated Friday, 21st May 2021, 3:30 pm

Bolton, Blackburn and Darwen and Bedford, are the areas affected, with Ms Sturgeon saying Scots must delay any plans to visit those areas.

She added: “We’re not placing legal restrictions on travel to Lancashire or Greater Manchester more widely, or to areas around Bedfordshire.

“But if you’re planning to visit these areas in the next few days, please consider whether you need to make your visit, or whether it can be delayed.”

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