Nicola Sturgeon has advised Scots to follow the restrictions of the new Christmas coronavirus.
After outlining improvements to Christmas laws under a new Covid variant, the First Minister took to social media.
The Christmas “bubble” strategy has been abolished, with only Christmas Day permitted for household shuffling now.
1/ This is difficult, I know. But there is a much quicker spread of this new strain of virus, so we need to act quickly to avoid its spread. That means even tighter restrictions before January to avoid, and save lives, the serious situation facing places like London at present.
– Nicola Sturgeon December 19, 2020 (@NicolaSturgeon)
Between Dec. 23 and Dec. 27, policies in the UK were to be relaxed, but this has been substituted.
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For three weeks from one minute past midnight on Boxing Day morning, the whole of Scotland will reach Stage 4 – the strictest of the country’s five stages of restrictions.
“The First Minister wrote on social media: “I know this is difficult. But this new strain of virus is spreading even faster, so we need to move rapidly to stop it from taking hold. In January, that means even tighter restrictions to prevent and save lives from the severe situation places like London are currently facing.
“It’s especially difficult at Christmas, so don’t visit other households in the house unless you absolutely have to – and it should only be on Christmas Day if you do (unless you have caring responsibilities). This year, being physically apart is the best way to protect the individuals we love.
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“And while it’s hard to see right now, the light at the end of the tunnel is still there. With each passing day, more people will be vaccinated. We will get through this – but while we do, let’s continue to love each other and look out for each other.”