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Wednesday, 17 July 2024 – 21:10

Scotland announce tightening of Christmas restrictions

Scotland – along with Wales and England – have announced a tightening of lockdown restrictions throughout Christmas, marking a sharp u-turn from the planned 5-day travel period that would allow families to meet up.

Speaking at a press conference at 17:30, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that the 5-day window to meet up would now only be for Christmas day, meaning that families will not be able to stay over in separate households during Christmas.

Scotland is also introducing a travel ban, with a strict ban on anyone entering the country from the rest of the United Kingdom, hoping to prevent a further spread of a new strain of Coronavirus – that spreads up to 70% more rapidly than the original virus – from entering the country.

The country will also bring forward a national ‘Tier 4’ restriction for Scotland from Boxing Day, having originally planned to implement it on the 28th December, after the Christmas travel period ended.

During this Tier 4 restriction, which is expected to last three weeks, Scotland will close all non-essential shops and hospitality, making it feel very much like another national lockdown; the third that the country will have gone through.

Speaking about the new strain of Covid-19, Sturgeon said;

“Please believe me when I tell you that I would not be standing here on the Saturday before Christmas if I did not think this was necessary.”

“I have spent many anxious and worried days over the past 10 months but I have rarely felt more worried as I have today.”

There are some exemptions for people that are carers, with full information about the new rules laid out on the government website.

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