Reopening all schools in Wales at same time 'not safe'
Reopening schools to all pupils at the same time is "not safe"
, Wales' first minister says.
Mark Drakeford has been defending Wales's gradual re-introduction of classroom lessons after criticism by the Welsh Conservatives.
In England all schools go back on 8 March
, but some secondary pupils in Wales will not return until after Easter.
Welsh Tory Andrew RT Davies has questioned whether schools were a priority.
But Drakeford says schools are his government's top priority and it is following scientific advice.
Under 7s in the foundation phase are going back to school this week, with other primary school children and older secondary students due back on 15 March.
Sturgeon: 'I don't know the grounding behind England's 21 June date'
Nicola Sturgeon has been asked what she thinks of Boris Johnson's hope society will be back to normal by 21 June.
Johnson said yesterday that, in England, the plan is for all legal limits on social contact to end from 21 June. From that date at the earliest, nightclubs would reopen and there would be no limits on weddings and funerals.
But Sturgeon points out that the prime minister also said there were "no guarantees" - and she says she thinks that's a reasonable position to take.
"I would love to stand here and say that by 21 June we'll all be back to normal completely," she says.
"I can't say that with any certainty at all because I don't know what the grounding for that is, I don't know what assessment gives confidence of that."
She says although she "would like to go further out with dates... I don't think it is fair or reasonable to do that right now", adding she wants to be sure the plans they set out have "a reasonably good chance of being deliverable".
Scotland's uber-cautious lockdown exitJamie McIvor - BBC Scotland News Correspondent
If the prime minister outlined a cautious approach to the easing of restrictions in England on Monday, then the approach outlined by the first minister in Scotland today may be seen as uber-cautious.
It is unlikely that non-essential retail in Scotland will reopen before 26 April - two weeks after it may reopen south of the border.
So, will there be broad public support and goodwill for significantly tighter restrictions in Scotland than in England?
Naturally, many may feel weary after so long. In much of the west of Scotland, there have been additional restrictions since early September.
Will people accept restrictions for longer if they feel that caution will be rewarded in the longer term? Might easing other restrictions - such as allowing care home visits and getting children back into education - help people accept restrictions on economic activity? Or might some feel resentful if they see a greater degree of relaxation south of the border?
This is a fascinating question - especially as the impact of the vaccination programme on deaths and hospital admissions accelerates.
Will those who have been vaccinated want more freedoms back? And will those who are at little statistical risk of falling severely ill with Covid accept restrictions for longer? And all this will happen in the immediate run-up to the Holyrood elections at the start of May.