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Coronavirus in Scotland LIVE: latest updates on Scottish Covid-19 cases

Last updated: Monday, 22 June, 2020, 13:21

  • Face coverings now compulsory on Scottish public transport
  • No new deaths reported in Sunday’s coronavirus figures update
  • Some businesses across the country begin work for the first time since March

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Sturgeon asked when she knew she wanted further advice before allowing beer gardens and outdoor restaurants to reopen

Asked by a reporter about businesses that spent hundreds of pounds to plan for a relaunch last week that did not materialise, Ms Sturgeon said she had warned that the Scottish government might not be able to enact all Phase 2 changes at once. 

Last week she said she wanted further guidance before allowing beer gardens and outdoor restaurants to reopen - though many businesses in the hospitality sector had already spent money to make their businesses safe for their expected reopenings.

Ms Sturgeon said she wanted to give people indicative dates wherever possible, but said she had made clear in the past that it was not always possible for her to do so.

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Mr Higgins, who chaired the committee that wrote the latest economic report, called on Scottish Government to negotiate with the UK government to free up powers that would allow Scotland to enact widespread economic stimulus.

He said Scotland faced an unemployment “tsunami” if the government did not act to help businesses react to the outbreak. 

We are trying to get back to normal and we want to do that as quickly as possible. But let me reiterate my strong view that acting recklessly now would be a serious mistake.

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