The two discrepancies between Boris Johnson’s plan and Scotland Covid’s
SCOTLAND has successfully navigated the coronavirus epidemic on its own terms. What limitations do you have in Scotland?
Nicola Sturgeon warned that “lifting all restrictions and mitigations right now would put all of us at greater risk – but it would make it much more difficult for the most clinically vulnerable to go about their normal lives” as restrictions ease in Scotland on the same day they are practically abolished in England. On July 19, the entire country of Scotland will be reduced to Level 0, however with some restrictions.
The First Minister stated that her government’s expectation was to be able to move “beyond Level 0” by August 9.
“As with today’s decisions, we will review the data before making a final decision closer to the deadline, and I will submit a further update to parliament in the week leading up to August 9,” she added.
Following a sharp surge in instances, Ms Sturgeon informed the Scottish parliament on Tuesday that the latest coronavirus epidemic seemed to be leveling off.
Despite scientists’ warnings that there might be 100,000 cases per day, the UK Government in charge of England’s response to the pandemic seemed happy with entirely lifting restrictions.
Boris Johnson, speaking at a Downing Street press conference, said it was “absolutely critical” that “we proceed now with prudence.”
“I cannot emphasize this strongly enough: this pandemic is not over,” he warned.
“Coronavirus, the disease, continues to pose a threat to you and your family.
“We cannot simply go back to life as it was before COVID on Monday, July 19.”
Face masks will be required in Scotland for longer than in England, according to the First Minister.
“Not only to give greater security to the people as a whole, but also to give protection and assurance to those among us who are particularly susceptible and previously had to shield,” she stated.
Mr Johnson has moved from making face masks mandatory to making them “encouraged,” signaling a shift in responsibility from the government to individuals in the fight against Covid-19.
In Scotland, there will still be certain restrictions on how many individuals can gather, although in England, all restrictions on socializing will be eliminated on July 19.
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