Scotland’s First Minister orders Scots to stay at home in new lockdown


The First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has ordered Scots to stay at home due to the new, fast- spreading strain of the coronavirus in the country.

The First Prime Minister during her emergency statement on Covid-19 Update on Monday, January 4 said the way forward to curb the spread of the virus is to stay at home.

“The first measure is that our fundamental advice, for everyone, is to stay at home. That is the single best way of saying safe. We consider that this stay at home message and advice so important that from tomorrow, it will become law, just as it was in the lockdown last year” she said.

Ms. Sturgeon said schools are to remain closed to pupils until February.

New laws will require workers to work from home where possible but it will only be permissible to leave home for an essential purpose which includes caring responsibilities, essential shopping exercise and being part of an extended household. “Anyone who is able to work from home must do so” she said.

Schools will operate via online, places of worship are to be closed and group exercise is banned.

Ms. Sturgeon said the rules will be strictly applied across the mainland until at least the end of January. “We will keep them closely under review” she said.


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