Nicola Sturgeon update: what time is the First Minister providing an update on Scotland lockdown restrictions - and what could change

Scotland could be set for even tighter restrictions as coronavirus cases continue to rise

The Scottish government are considering introducing stricter rules in order to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

Scotland could be on the verge of even tighter restrictions as hospitals in parts of the country struggle to contain with a sharp rise in coronavirus cases.

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Fifty-four further deaths were reported on January 12 taking the number of deaths in Scotland linked to cornavirus to 5,000.

Nicola Sturgeon could be set to strengthen lockdown restrictions (Getty Images)
Nicola Sturgeon could be set to strengthen lockdown restrictions (Getty Images)

Nicola Sturgeon has previously warned that her cabinet would consider tightening restrictions on the construction industry, and click and collect takeaway services.

Speaking on January 12 Ms Sturgeon said that the cabinet had discussed further restrictions on Tuesday morning and that she would inform parliament if any action was taken on Wednesday.

When will Nicola Sturgeon provide update on lockdown restrictions?

The First Minister will provide MSPs with any updates to restrictions on January 13.

Ms Sturgeon is scheduled to address Holyrood between 11am and 12.30pm, when she will also detail the country’s vaccination program and provide an education update.

She will then participate in First Minister’s Questions from 12.30pm.

How to watch the First Minister’s update

Viewers can watch live on Scottish Parliament TV and follow the First Minister’s Live YouTube Stream as well as the Scottish Government's official Twitter page – @scotgov.

As ever, The Scotsman will be running a live blog, where you can follow all the updates.

What tighter restrictions could be introduced?

Speaking on January 11, the First Minister indicated that click and collect and takeaway services could be limited in order to reduce interaction.

She said: “I'm not trying to shy away from saying, because I said it last week, the kind of issues we will be looking at.

“I talked last week about perhaps reducing click and collect, essential retail only, to maybe looking at further restrictions on takeaways.”

The First Minister has also hinted at restrictions to industries previously deemed non-essential, including the construction industry.

Speaking on January 7 she said: “To ensure that life with some degree of normality can continue we always try to strike a balance between keeping people at home and allowing certain things continue. In the last lockdown of course, non-essential construction and manufacturing didn’t operate for a period, they’ve both done an awful lot to make their operations safer, but we have to keep all of that under review.”