Nicola Sturgeon update: what did the First Minister say during her speech - and what could a tier system look like?

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is addressed MSPs earlier today

Thursday, 15th October 2020, 10:25 am
Updated Thursday, 15th October 2020, 1:56 pm

Nicola Sturgeon provided an update on lockdown measures on October 15.

The First Minister addressed the Scottish Parliament virtually this afternoon revealing the outcome of the latest three week review on coronavirus restrictions.

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Ms Sturgeon confirmed that restrictions on visiting other households would remain in place, while warning that the easing of restrictions on hospitality later this month would not signal a return to normality.

Nicola Sturgeon is addressing Holyrood later today (Getty Images)
Nicola Sturgeon is addressing Holyrood later today (Getty Images)

Ms Sturgeon also outlined tighter measures on the use of face coverings, while a tier-system, similar to that outlined by the Westminster Government days ago, was also outlined by the leader.

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What did Nicola Sturgeon say?

Ms Sturgeon outlined the adoption of a tier system akin to the one in place in England.

She said: “We intend to replace the temporary restrictions with a new strategic approach to managing the pandemic.

“This new strategic approach will set out the different tiers or levels of restrictions which will be set out which may be applied in future, either locally or across Scotland, depending on how the virus is spreading.

“When we publish this new framework, which will then of course be subject to debate and decision by Parliament, we will indicate based on the latest advice from the national incident management team and from our clinical advisors what level of intervention should apply to each part of the country when the temporary restrictions end on October 26.”

Regulations designed to expand the legal use of face coverings will be laid before the Scottish Parliament on Thursday, with some measures coming into effect on Friday, the First Minister said.

Those coming into force on Friday will “deliver some flexibility” – including allowing for an exemption for couples during their wedding – and will also mean people in workplace canteens will only be able to remove their mask when seated at a table.

From Monday, other communal areas in work places will be covered by the restrictions, meaning staff will need to wear a mask in areas such as corridors.

Ms Sturgeon said: “The new rules are a proportionate additional step which will help employees keep themselves and their colleagues that bit safer.”

She also confirmed that restrictions on visiting other households remained in place.

What could a tier system look like?

Earlier this week Boris Johnson announced a three tier system would be coming into place in England from Wednesday 14 October.

There are three different Local Covid Alert Levels - medium, high and very high.

What you can and cannot do will vary depending on the level your area falls into. Currently, only the Liverpool City Region has been placed into the ‘very high’ alert level category.

Tier 1 - Medium

- 10pm curfew for bars, pubs and restaurants You must not socialise in groups larger than six, indoors or outdoors

Tier 2 - High

- You must not socialise with anybody outside of your household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place

- You must not socialise in a group of more than six outside, including in a garden or other spaces like beaches or parks

Tier 3 - Very high

- You must not socialise with anybody you do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, in any indoor setting or in any private garden

- You must not socialise in a group of more than six in an outdoor public space such as a park or beach, the countryside, a public garden or a sports venue

- Pubs and bars must close. They can only remain open where they operate as if they were a restaurant, which means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal. They may only serve alcohol as part of such a meal