Nicola Sturgeon statement LIVE: First Minister expected to announce phase three of lockdown easing

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Nicola Sturgeon is expected to announce phase three of lockdown easing.

Phase three will see indoor hospitality areas, dentist, hairdressers, museums and galleries reopen, with physical distancing in place.

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People will also be able to meet each other inside homes for the first time since March.

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The First Minister will be giving her statement at 12.20 pm today.

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Key Events

  • Nicola Sturgeon is expected to announce phase three of lockdown today.
  • Lockdown measurements have eased for those who have been shielding
  • Restrictions are still in place for people travelling from Spain
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Questions end and Parliament is suspended.

FM: Gives undertaking to ensure clear facemasks for NHS

FM on the opening of pubs: Chosen to open establishments during the week rather than the weekend.

FM: Urges everyone to behave responsibly in pubs. People must comply with measures.

 

FM on music venues: Further support will be needed.

FM: some people in the sector have benefited from previous funds but there is no doubt that further financial support is necessary. 

FM: “If we don't get this virus to the lowest possible levels now then the situation we will face in winter....that challenge will be even more difficult to address”

FM: Yesterday's decision on air bridges was one of the most difficult decisions they had to make.

FM: Would encourage people to wear face coverings in any place that they felt unsafe.

WHO  has raised the concern of airborne transmission. 

FM: If this is proven to be the case - would pose significant challenges.

FM: Underline the importance of face coverings. 

Alison Johnstone raises concerns about the tourism accommodation sector opening and it’s impact on those still shielding.

FM: Guidelines always under review and government are always willing to listen and change when needed. 

FM: Anyone using Air BnB have to abide by the lockdown guidelines and the law at all times. Antisocial behaviour in Air BnB will not be tolerated. 

Alison Johnstone: Pays tribute to Xander Irvine, the three year old who was killed in Morningside in a car accident.

FM: "All of us struggle to find the words to convey the sense of sympathy they feel" for the family of Xander. 

Richard Leonard: Reminds parliament of his registered interest. Questions why Rolls-Royce workers weren’t involved in Union talks with government.

FM: No interest in the Scottish government to exclude anyone from discussions - will examine the union group. 

FM: Possible that Rolls Royce can be repurposed in Scotland. 

FM: This issue shouldn’t divide - SNP and Labour are ‘on the same side’ as this. 

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