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Coronavirus in Scotland: The latest updates on Thursday

Last updated: Thursday, 10 September, 2020, 13:26

Key Events

  • Nicola Sturgeon says lockdown restrictions will not be eased
  • Scotland’s new Covid-19 contact tracing app goes live
  • New rules on social gatherings
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"We are working with the UK government to try to advance mass community testing," says Ms Sturgeon.

On the subject of the new Scottish contact tracing app, Ms Sturgeon says: "The more people that sign up the better, everybody who signs up is making a contribution."

Ms Sturgeon insists it is “vital” to stop rising case numbers before winter. She said this was the reason for the changes she announced, adding: “These steps are necessary to help curb a virus that we know spreads rapidly whenever it gets the chance."

Nicola Sturgeon said: “The pause in our routemap and the new restrictions I have outlined today are not welcome. I know that – the Scottish Government did not want to have to impose them. But they are necessary.

“And they reflect the fact that Scotland – like the rest of the UK, Europe and the world – is currently in a precarious position.”

But she insisted that the country was “in a much better position than in late March”, saying prevalence of the virus was lower than then and that the rise in cases was “not as rapid” as earlier in the year.

“So we still have grounds for cautious hope. But we have no grounds for complacency,” she said.

Nicola Sturgeon accepted the new announcements would be “hard for people to hear”.

She said: “I know that after six long, hard months, we are still asking the public to make a lot of difficult sacrifices.

“That is unavoidable, given the nature of the challenge we face.

“However, I want to be clear that while we still face a battle to get and keep Covid under control, we are in a stronger position than earlier in the year.”

She said the Test and Protect contact tracing system was “working well”, adding that without this “the virus would be spreading further and faster, and we would require to apply much stricter lockdown measures again.”

She also spoke about a “significant enhancement” to this system, the new Protect Scotland contact tracing app.

Nicola Sturgeon also announced new measures affecting the hospitality industry.

The Scottish Government will make it mandatory for customers in bars, restaurants and cafes to wear face coverings when they are moving around and not eating or drinking – for example when entering a premises, going to a table, or to the toilet.

In addition to this it will also become mandatory – rather than simply guidance – for staff working in hospitality premises to wear face coverings.

The First Minister said: “The hospitality industry has put a lot of effort into creating safe spaces for people to meet and we hope these additional protections will help ensure the sector can remain open, with high levels of compliance.”

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