World News – AU – Nicola Sturgeon announces new « Stay Home » order for Scotland and closes schools through February


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Delaying or spreading viruses « almost always makes things worse, » the Prime Minister tells the recalled Scottish Parliament

Nicola Sturgeon has announced new lockdown rules, which will run from midnight tonight through the end of January, which legally require everyone on mainland Scotland to stay home except for essential purposes.

And the first minister announced that schools and kindergartens would open until April 1. February and not as planned until 18. January will remain closed and students will study online.

Ms. Sturgeon’s announcement at an emergency session of the Scottish Parliament came as Boris Johnson opposed calls to lock England as infections, hospitalizations and deaths rose from the virulent new variant of Covid-19.

Ms. Sturgeon said it was important to act now to prevent infection rates from rising to the levels currently seen in London and the South East. Scotland is currently around four weeks behind London on the curve of the pandemic, she said.

« Our overriding responsibility now is to act quickly to save lives and protect the NHS, » she said. “Delays or preventions in the face of this virus almost always make things worse, not better, even when based on an understandable desire to wait for more data. ”

Ms. Sturgeon said the new restrictions will apply to all of mainland Scotland, which is currently in Tier 4, while island areas – except Skye – will remain in Tier 3 « for now ». . The controls are still under review, but she said she couldn’t rule out extending them beyond the end of January.

The « basic advice » is that everyone stay at home, with Scots allowed in only for essential purposes such as caring, essential shopping, exercise, and being part of an expanded household.

Even if they leave home, they should « stay as close as possible to their home and stay away from crowded places, » said the Prime Minister.

Work is only viewed as a reasonable excuse to leave home as it cannot be done from home.

Ms. Sturgeon urged every company to « double-check their business and ensure that every single function that can be performed by home workers is performed this way ». .

Individuals in need of protection due to underlying health conditions are advised not to go to work at all, and the Prime Minister said these guidelines would serve as a valid “Fit Note” authorizing absence from work.

The case remains that no one is allowed to travel to or from Scotland except for essential purposes.

Separate restrictions, effective Friday, will close all places of worship in January for all purposes except for broadcasting a service or holding a funeral, wedding, or civil partnership.

Up to 5 people can attend weddings and civil partnership ceremonies, and 20 people can attend funeral services, but guards are prohibited this month.

Ms. Sturgeon told the Holyrood Congregation, “I know the next few weeks will be incredibly tough.

« I am sorry to beg for more victims after nine long months. But these sacrifices are necessary.

« And the difference between now and last March is that with the help of vaccines we are now confident that they will pave the way for brighter days. So – for everyone’s sake and for sure – please stick with it and stay home. ”

She also returned to the public news from the March 2020 lockdown, saying, “Stay home. save lives. Protect the NHS. ”

Tracy Black, director of CBI Scotland, said news of a national lockdown was « a major blow to Scottish companies trying to reclaim 2020 losses and a major Christmas trade ». .

« There is now an urgent need to unlock existing financial support to help businesses survive spring and beyond, and Holyrood needs to provide guidance on key business areas, » said Ms. Black.

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