Nicola Sturgeon likely to make lockdown announcement tomorrow

Nicola Sturgeon will this morning brief her Cabinet on a potential circuit breaker lockdown for Scotland as case numbers continue worrying the Scottish Government.
A potential circuit breaker lockdown could be introduced in Scotland this weekA potential circuit breaker lockdown could be introduced in Scotland this week
A potential circuit breaker lockdown could be introduced in Scotland this week

The First Minister will brief her colleagues on potential further restrictions, which could be imposed as soon as this Friday from 7pm, according to reports in The Scottish Sun.

An announcement is likely to be made to the Scottish Parliament tomorrow by Ms Sturgeon, with a standard press briefing today.

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Yesterday, during her coronavirus briefing, Ms Sturgeon indicated she would give the public “as much notice as possible” and outlined the benefits of the potential restrictions.

Such a move could see measures similar to those leaked in September which outlined restrictions on travel and the closure of entertainment venues and hospitality.

The Scottish Government looked at the most up-to-date scientific advice yesterday evening prior to taking a decision.

Ms Sturgeon said yesterday: “I can say that the government will be considering clinical evidence and advice later on today and the Cabinet will be considering the up to date situation when it meets tomorrow morning.

"If we do decide more restrictions are necessary, and no decision has been taken yet, I want to give an assurance that we will endeavour to give you the public, and of course the Scottish Parliament as much notice as possible as well as a clear explanation of our reasons and rationale, and I want to promise you that we do not impose restrictions lightly.

“If we decide that extra restrictions are necessary it will be because we deem it necessary and vital to get the virus back under control and avoid unnecessary loss of life.”

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