What time is Nicola Sturgeon’s update today? When the First Minister will announce further dates for lockdown easing - and how to watch

Nicola Sturgeon is to give an update on the timescale for easing the country's lockdown restrictions at Holyrood this afternoon (Wednesday, June 24).

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

The First Minister said at Tuesday's daily news briefing that she would be announcing dates for moving to the next phases of the Scottish Government's route map out of lockdown today, ahead of when she had planned to do so.

She said: “Tomorrow, I'll be able to provide further detail on the timing of some of the specific steps in that journey.

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“I'll be able to do so tomorrow ahead of when I thought just a few days ago that might be possible.”

After three months of the lockdown measures being imposed, Ms Sturgeon said it was the “most challenging” period in the lifetime of most Scots.

While saying “we still have work to do” and that the virus will pose a risk for some time to come, Ms Sturgeon added: “It's also important to remind ourselves of the progress that we've made."

She said: “Today we're in a very different position. Hospital admissions which at one point were at 200 a day are currently in single figures every day.

What time is Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement?

The Scottish leader will make her statement on easing the lockdown at her daily press briefing. This takes place at 12.20pm.

How can you tune in?

Watch live on Scottish Parliament TV and follow the First Minister’s Live YouTube Stream as well as the Scottish Government's official Twitter page – @scotgov. You can also follow The Scotsman’s live blog.

What is the First Minister expected to say?

Ms Sturgeon's statement is expected to include dates for when some further parts of the economy can open.

The First Minister will provide more information about the timing of some of the specific steps.

Despite the announcement of rule changes in England, Ms Sturgeon has said that a decision will be made on the two metre social distancing rule on July 2 – so she is not likely to go into that today.

When is the next lockdown review?

The next lockdown review is due in three weeks - on 9 July.

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