News updates: visitors from ‘safe’ countries to England, Wales and Northern Ireland exempt, though Scotland retains restrictions
- UK has opted out of EU coronavirus vaccine programme, sources say
- Scots to be allowed to meet indoors; Welsh pubs, cafes to open outdoors
- Foreign Office urges holidaymakers to avoid cruise ships
- Outdoor theatre and music can restart in England from 11 July
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The Scottish government will scrap free university tuition for EU students next year – one of their key pledges after the 2016 referendum – as institutions continue to cope with a financial burden from the pandemic
Higher education minister Richard Lochhead said ministers had taken the decision with a “heavy heart”, blaming the “stark reality” of Brexit for the decision.
Theatres and music venues in England will be able to host physically distanced outdoor performances from Saturday 11 July under new government guidance, but industry figures are calling for more clarity on when full-capacity indoor performances can return.
The culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, announced the relaxing of restrictions at Thursday’s 5pm press conference where he said performances can now take place as long as they are “outside and with a limited and socially distanced audience”.