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Live update: First Minister addresses parliament on further restrictions


By David Porter

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Addressing Holyrood this afternoon, the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon outlined new restrictions which are to come into effect in an effort to curb the rise in coronavirus cases.

In the last 24 hours Scotland recorded a further 383 cases which equates to 7.6 per cent of those tested.

NHS Grampian and Highland both recorded seven cases in the last 24 hours while Greater Glasgow saw 181 cases and Lanarkshire 92.

The First Minister said: "This reflects the course the virus is taking and the percentage of tests coming back positive.

"It is worth stressing that the growth in cases is from a low base, also at this stage it is far less rapid than in March but we cannot let it go unchecked.

"We cannot and must not be complacent about Covid and its long term health problems.

"To bring down the R number we must go further - we considered a range of options and I spoke to Prime Minister yesterday."

She continued: "Measures have been agreed at cabinet - hospitality curbs will not be enough on their own, we must take account of household interactions as well.

"We are determined to keep schools open, that is vital and we must restart our NHS services as well.

"We must protect peoples jobs and livelyhoods as much as is possible and to do that is that we must accept restrictions in other parts of our lives.

"I am not going to pretend that these are not tough, but they are a measure to avoid the need of a full lockdown.

"Until a vaccine changes a game in the battle, it doesn't mean all these will be in place for six months - by acting now we will review these in three weeks but they will be reviewed."

She reinforced current conditions -

*Everyone who can work from home, should work from home. If necessary there will be a legal duty on employers to do so.

*Central importance of FACTS advice will be reinforced, hygiene is vital. Introduce a package of support for those self-isolating (£500 for low incomes).

New restrictions -

*Nationwide curfew for pubs/restaurants from Friday - 10pm.

*Household gatherings - from tomorrow, visiting other households will not be permitted. There will be exceptions to non-cohab and informal childcare by grandparents.

Strengthening enforcement against non-compliance.

Six people from two households will still be able to meet outdoors, including in a garden.

The first minister says the government intends to exempt young people aged under 12 from both the limit of six people indoors and the limit of two households when outdoors.

Young people aged 12 to 18 will be able to meet in groups of six outdoors, with no limit on the number of households they come from - but Ms Sturgeon stresses that this will be kept under review.

The ban on meeting in homes will not affect indoor public spaces, where six people from two households can still meet.

*Advising against car sharing with those from outside your own household.



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