Nicola Sturgeon: What time is the First Minister's coronavirus update today? When she will give statement to Scottish Parliament
Nicola Sturgeon is set to give a statement to the Scottish Parliament later today.
The First Minister won’t provide her daily Covid-19 briefing at lunchime – but instead will update Holyrood on the latest coronavirus developments at around 2.05pm.
There will not be the previously billed review of the Scottish Government's route map out of lockdown – as Ms Sturgeon effectively did so at an emergency coronavirus briefing at the weekend when announcing that most of Scotland will be put into the highest level of lockdown from Boxing Day.
The Christmas “bubble” policy has been scaled back, with indoor household mixing only allowed on Christmas Day rather than the previously-announced five days.
Up to eight people from three households will still be allowed to gather indoors on December 25, but Ms Sturgeon said her “strong advice” was to spend Christmas alone.
On Saturday evening, Ms Sturgeon said the new strain of the virus is the “most serious and potentially dangerous juncture” faced since the start of the pandemic.
“Given the concern we know have about this new strain, we know intend to change the law to allow indoor mixing in a bubble on Christmas Day only from a minute past midnight on Christmas Day to midnight going into Boxing Day.
She continued: “We will allow Christmas Day to go ahead but as we have said from the start: only use this flexibility if you really, truly need to.
“This new strain makes that message all the more important.
“Our advice is still not to meet indoors, even on Christmas Day, with other households if you can possibly avoid it.
“If you had people travelling to join you for Christmas from elsewhere in the UK, that will no longer be permitted.
“Equally it will no longer be permitted for any of us to travel to anywhere in the rest of the UK for Christmas.”
What time is Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement?
The Scottish leader will make her statement at around 2.20pm.
How can you tune in?
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. You can also follow The Scotsman’s live blog.
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