A stark warning has come from the First Minister of Scotland as part of “preventative action” to stop the increase of a new strain of Covid 19.
More coronavirus restrictions will come into place for Scotland along with changes to Christmas rules and rules beyond Christmas.
The First Minister said: “Please believe me when I tell you… I would not be standing here on the Saturday before Christmas announcing this if I did not think this was necessary,”
The first changes will affect the five day festive flexibility which was planned to allow people to mix over Christmas, however households will only be allowed to mix on Christmas day.
Also, along with changes to the festive rules Sturgeon emphasised sticking to the rules already in place.
Additionally, with the new festive rules Sturgeon introduced a travel ban except for “exceptional circumstances” to try and curb the new strain of Covid-19 which is spreading fast over South England.
The strict new travel ban will stop people from travelling into Scotland from the rest of the UK, also it will stop people in Scotland travelling from different councils.
Sturgeon last new rule put in place was from 00:01am on 26 December all of mainland Scotland will enter the toughest coronavirus restrictions which are level 4 which means: all non essential shops alongside bars, cafes, and restaurants will all have to close for 3 weeks.
All the new actions set out are to stop the spread of Covid-19 and also the new strain which has already been detected in Scotland.
When discussing the new strain of the virus Sturgeon advised that from scientific research that there is no evidence to suggest that the new strain of the virus is causing more worse illness or effecting the effectiveness of the vaccines.
However, Nicola Sturgeon did suggest that cases in Scotland aren’t as bad as the rest of the UK but warned action is required before the situation gets out of control.
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