Public urged to stay close to home, says First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon shuts the shops and (almost) cancels Christmas. Tidings of great joy. Virus artwork above by Gemma Woods Fraser who, with husband Kyle, have just had a baby, Joshua John, weight 8lbs 8ozs in the Royal Maternity Hospital, Glasgow. Mother and baby back home for Christmas and both  well. Congratulations from all at The Democrat.

22 Dec 2020 15:57
By Lucy Ashton

Homeware stores and garden centres will close in all level 4 areas from Boxing Day with the exception of click and collect.

Members of the public within level 4 are also being urged to stay close to home where possible to help stop the spread of Coronavirus (COVID19).

The stricter definition of essential retailers and new stay at home message have been introduced to help tackle the new variant of the virus which can spread far more quickly and easily.

The changes were announced during a statement to Parliament by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. She said:

“Given the severity of the situation we face and the need to limit interactions as much as possible, we intend to define essential retail more narrowly than we have done recently.

“In short, that means homeware stores and garden centres will be classed as non-essential and will therefore require to close, with the exception of click and collect.

“Financial support will remain available for businesses affected and the Finance Secretary is urgently assessing what more the Scottish Government can do, particularly for the sectors most affected.

“For those living in level 4 areas – which from Saturday will be the vast majority of us – our strong advice is to stay as local as possible and to stay at home as much as possible.

“We will be considering in the days ahead whether we need to place that advice in law.

“As more evidence of the impact of this new strain becomes available, we will consider whether there is a need to strengthen level 4 restrictions any further.”

The First Minister’s statement (click here) in full.

Although the new variant of the virus seems to transmit more easily it can still be stopped in its tracks by the FACTS advice:

  • face coverings
  • avoid crowded places
  • clean your hands and clean hard surfaces
  • keep two metres distance from people from other households
  • and self-isolate, and get tested immediately, if you have symptoms.

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