COVID: Scotland’s new coronavirus restrictions are expected to last for three weeks, says Nicola Sturgeon | Politics news

Nicola Sturgeon has said it is her “expectation” that new COVID restrictions in Scotland will be in place until January 17, when she urged people to “stay home right now more than usual”.

Since December 27, nightclubs in Scotland have been forced to close unless they function as a pub with table service and distancing. Indoor hospitality and leisure venues must reintroduce table service, a one-meter distance rule and introduce a ceiling of no more than three households in a group.

From Boxing Day, public events in Scotland have been limited to up to 100 people at indoor events, up to 200 people at indoor events and up to 500 people at either indoor or outdoor events – affects the Hogmanay festivities.

Speaking at a virtual hearing of the Scottish Parliament, Scotland’s Prime Minister said her government is reviewing the new measures “on an ongoing basis” but that it was her expectation that they would be in place for three weeks.

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The Hogmanay festivities have been curtailed due to a cap on how many people can attend events

“The new safeguards regarding hospitality, public indoor venues and live events, which I announced last week, are now in force,” Sturgeon said.

“We will regularly review these – however, our expectation at present is that they will be valid until 17 January.

“That means, for now, limits on the size of live public events – even if private events such as weddings are excluded.”

She also announced that Scotland had a record number of 15,849 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday – beating Boxing Day by 4,819.

As of Tuesday night, 679 people were in hospital in Scotland with coronavirus – 80 more than the day before – and three more people had died with COVID, bringing the total number of coronavirus-related deaths to 9,836.

Public Health Scotland is "strongly" encourages people to postpone Christmas parties in response to the Omicron variant.  File image
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Nicola Sturgeon said there would be no immediate changes to the COVID rules in Scotland

Sturgeon told MSPs that the new one Omicron variant is now responsible for about 80% of new cases and is “rapidly evolving”. Makeup has since been revealed more than 90% of cases in England.

She added that she expects “steep increases in cases” over the coming weeks. However, the Prime Minister confirmed that there would be no immediate changes to the coronavirus rules in Scotland.

Sturgeon only stressed that people should “stay home right now more than usual”.

She also suggested the isolation rules could be shortened following the UK Government’s move to allow people infected with COVID in the UK to stop isolating up to three days prematurely if they test negative twice on days six and seven.

She said the ministers “hope to reach decisions in the next week, with any changes with effect from January 5”.

People are queuing up along Junction Place, Edinburgh, for the NHS Scotland Leith Community Treatment Center as the coronavirus booster vaccination program is ramped up at an unprecedented delivery rate, with all eligible adults in Scotland being offered a supplemental injection.  before the end of December.  Image Date: Monday, December 20, 2021.
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Sturgeon added that she expects “steep increases in cases” in the coming weeks

She noted that the test capacity is “under pressure”, Sturgeon added that the Scottish Government “prioritises some places for key workers” and for them “clinically vulnerable or qualified for new COVID treatments” to ensure they receive test results with it same.

The Prime Minister also explained how £ 100m of a £ 275m business support fund has been allocated – with £ 16m available to support transport providers, £ 27m for the cultural sector and £ 17m for the events sector.

“An additional £ 32m will be allocated to hospitality and leisure businesses, with an additional £ 10m for those parts of the hospitality industry hardest hit by the table service requirement – and up to £ 5m will be available for nightclubs to close,” she said. said.

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