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

Last updated: Friday, 26 June, 2020, 14:12

  • No new Covid-19 deaths in Scotland
  • Nicola Sturgeon urges people to avoid crowded places after mass gatherings
  • Scottish governemt releases new advice for shoppers ahead of reopening

Major incident in Glasgow

Warning from Edinburgh Police

Face masks could become mandatory in shops - Sturgeon

Responding to a question from the Press Association, Nicola Sturgeon said: "We are providing shops and the retail sector with advertising materials so they can promote the use of face coverings.

"It does make a difference, so it is very strong advice to help that collective effort.

"I wore one this morning, it is not the most comfortable thing and takes a bit of getting used to, but I would rather do that than take the risk of passing the virus on to someone else or getting it from someone else.

"We will be working with the retail sector in the coming days to try to maximise the voluntary use, but we will take a decision next week in the context of the advice that's coming from the scientific advisory group."

A group of Edinburgh residents cleaned the rubbish and waste from The Meadow’s this morning and have arranged the rubbish bags to form the number of people who have died in Scotland due to coronavirus.

The bags of rubbish that were collected were enough to write the number 2482 and the group flew a drone over the site to get birdseye pictures of their endeavour on Friday.

The Meadows has been the focal point of recent anger and frustration as the scorching weather saw crowds of people flocking to the city centre beauty spot.

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Scottish government publishes new advice on shopping

New advice on shops reopening states:

  • Some people should not be going to shops at all - those with Covid-19 symptoms and those in the shielding group
  • Shop locally and use the five-mile travel limit as a guide and not travel further than necessary
  • Shop on your own or in a small group as possible and avoid going at peak times
  • When you do go to a shop, wear a face covering unless you have a medical condition
  • Only visit shops that have infection control measures in place and use hand sanitisation
  • When shopping, remain patient and polite, and treat customers and staff with respect

Sturgeon: "I think the police are doing a fantastic job"

She said she thought Police Scotland handled the mass gatherings across Scotland well yesterday, and asked the public to “do the right thing”.

Sturgeon praises retailers

Ms Sturgeon said she saw the changes being put in place to keep customers safe at shops across Scotland, ahead of their reopening on Monday. 

She said "I saw for myself the kinds of measures that shops are putting in place".

"The virus has not gone away and it will not go of its won accord" - FM addresses mass gatherings yesterday

Ms Sturgeon said she understood the impulse to spend time outdoors on beaches and in parks, but she insisted that people should avoid spaces that are crowded. 

She also addressed footage showing public spaces strewn with rubbish yesterday evening, paying tribute to refuse collectors, but saying that they should not have to clean up after mass gatherings. "Please take your litter with you," she said, “refuse collectors around the country are doing an incredible job and they simply should not be having to clean up after outdoor gatherings.”

Crowded places are a big risk…The virus has not gone away and it will not go of its won accord - and there are plenty parts of the world where it is still on the rise and there are some parts of the world where it is unfortunately on the rise again as societies and economies open up.


Unless medical reasons prevent it, wear a face covering indoors.

Nicola Sturgeon on shops reopening

Proportion of people testing positive for Covid-19 is "well below 1%" - FM

Ms Sturgeon said the figure was one of many indicators that Scotland was making progress.

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