When will Nicola Sturgeon be addressing the Scottish Parliament today? What will she say and how can you watch it?

The First Minister will be addressing the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday to make further announcements on Scotland’s route out of lockdown.

Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 10:42 am

When and where will the speech take place?

The First Minister will be addressing the Scottish Parliament just after 2pm on Tuesday.

How can I watch it?

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon ahead of a statement to the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood, Edinburgh picture: PA/Russell Cheyne

There will be a live stream of the speech that can be watched on Scottish Parliament TV.

Live updates can also be found on The Scotsman and Edinburgh Evening News coronavirus blogs.

What will Nicola Sturgeon say?

The First Minister is expected to announce further easing of lockdown restrictions.

In a coronavirus briefing yesterday, Deputy First Minister John Swinney hinted at Ms Sturgeon announcing the relaxation of rules around meeting others outside.

He said: "As the First Minister said last week, the data is going in the right direction and so we are all hopeful that we will be able to ease some of the restrictions on people's social interactions when they take place outdoors."

In a Covid briefing last week Ms Sturgeon said changes to the current rules – which allow the meeting of two adults from two households for exercise – could be announced in a matter of days.

She said she hopes to see rules relax around outdoor meetings with a loved one this week, with meetings of four people from two households to be able to meet between 15 March and 5 April, according to the Scottish Government’s roadmap out of lockdown.

Ms Sturgeon has previously said the reassuring data on decreasing Covid infection rates and increased vaccinations means the government’s roadmap out of Scotland could be “accelerated.”

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