As Scotland has reported seven more coronavirus deaths since Christmas, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has urged people to stay at home on Hogmanay.
Nicola Sturgeon warned people not to celebrate at home on Hogmanay with other households.
The alert comes in the midst of rising numbers of cases of coronavirus across Scotland, just days after more lockdown measures on Boxing Day were enforced by the government.
The First Minister said on Twitter on Tuesday morning that it was necessary to follow the rules to suppress a new strain of Covid-19 that was thought to be up to 70 percent more transmissible.
What was said by Nicola Sturgeon?
Nicola Sturgeon said, “The most important message to people is to ensure that at the moment you do not visit the homes of other people. The same goes for Hogmanay and New Year’s Eve, unfortunately.”
I know we’re all desperate for 2020 this year, but we need to do it responsibly – and the best way to do it this year is in our own households in our own homes.
“This is a time of year that I know people love to get together, but this year it is not safe to do that,” the First Minister added.
I just recommend to people to keep out of other people’s homes as we move into Hogmanay and the New Year and just celebrate the New Year in their own homes with their own household.
“This is how you protect yourself and your loved ones. It’s also how we protect our National Health Service.”
Cases of COVID are on the rise. On the Scottish mainland, Level 4 restrictions are now in place to suppress the current strain. It is particularly important to avoid mixing, even on Hogmanay, with other households indoors. Please plan to have your own household at home in 2021.
– 29 December 2020 – Nicola Sturgeon (@NicolaSturgeon)
What are the new Covid-19 numbers?
Of the 14,179 new samples, 1,895 new cases of Covid-19 – a 14.4 percent positivity rate.
Seven newly recorded deaths of individuals who tested positive (noting that the offices of registrars were closed on holidays)
65 individuals are in intensive care and 1,092 individuals with newly confirmed Covid-19 are in the hospital.
4,467 people in Scotland who tested positive for the virus have died.
122,786 people in Scotland have tested positive for Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.
Where are the existing hotspots?
Security level of Covid-19: 4
No indoor socialization
6/2 outside and in public areas, i.e. from two families, no more than six people
The overall number of people counted at a meeting does not include children under 12 from these households.
Young people aged 12-17 can meet in groups of up to six at a time outside and are not subject to the two-household threshold. It requires spatial spacing.
If you encounter individuals from another household indoors, you can do so:
Youth ages 12-17 may meet outdoors in groups of up to six people at a time and are not subject to the two household limitation. It requires physical distance.
Minimize the number of times you encounter people from other households every day.
Keep at least six feet away from people who are not part of your household, unless you are in a public place where a three-foot distance applies and additional measures are taken to prevent transmission.
Be mindful of hygiene for hands and coughs.
Stop using your hands to touch hard surfaces
Wash your hands when you arrive, when you leave, when you get home, and especially before eating or after touching surfaces
Do not share food or utensils – when you eat, each household should bring, prepare and eat their own food separately
If possible, keep rooms well ventilated – consider opening windows or a door
Hospitality (eating and drinking)
Hospitality (selling alcohol outdoors)
Hospitality (indoor sale of alcohol)
Hospitality (food for consumption on site)
Hotels and other lodging establishments may continue to serve food to qualified guests, i.e., key personnel or exempt employees, who are on their premises until 10:00 pm. Room service, including alcohol, is allowed as usual.
Snack bars are permitted for alcohol and food in accordance with existing regulations