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FM: Should not stay overnight if at all possible.

FM: If necessary to meet other households, try to meet outdoors, if indoors, try to minimise households and people.

FM: Safest way to spend Christmas is to spend with your own household in your own home, and this is what is recommended.

FM: Scot Gov does not plan to change the guidance on Christmas, but wants to clarify advice.

FM: Anyone notified to self isolate between Monday 12.01am and Tuesday 12.01am should contact the Public Health hotline, as a fault in the Protect Scotland app has sent self isolate messages incorrectly. The app has now been fixed and has over all been working well.

Scottish Government update: There are 689 new positive cases, 1.031 patients in hospital, 49 patients in intensive care and 38 deaths have been registered in the last 24 hours.

Airlines investigated for failing to offer refunds

Airlines are being investigated by the competition watchdog over concerns they breached consumer rights by failing to offer cash refunds for flights passengers could not take amid the pandemic.

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said its probe will look at situations where airlines continued to operate flights despite people being unable lawfully to travel for non-essential purposes, such as during England's second lockdown last month.

It said that in some cases where flights were not cancelled, customers were told to rebook or offered a voucher rather than a refund.

Andrea Coscelli, chief executive of the CMA, said: "We will be carefully analysing all the evidence to see whether any airlines breached consumers' legal rights by refusing people cash refunds for flights they could not lawfully take.

"We recognise the continued pressure that businesses are currently facing but they have a responsibility to treat consumers fairly and abide by their legal obligations."

The CMA said it will write to "a number of airlines" to request information about their approaches to refunds for passengers prevented from flying by lockdown restrictions.

It will analyse the evidence before deciding whether to launch enforcement action against individual carriers.

The watchdog will work closely with aviation regulator the Civil Aviation Authority during its investigation.

Taxi drivers will protest outside the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday against what they call a lack of support for the industry during the pandemic.

Nicola Sturgeon says ‘there’s a case’ to tighten Christmas Covid rules

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says she has no “fixed position” on how relaxed restrictions should be over the festive period in the light of a new variant of coronavirus being detected.

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