Festive bubble plans shall be scaled again to Christmas Day solely (Image: Getty Photos/AFP)
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has introduced a ‘strict journey ban’ to different elements of the UK.
It comes after England and Wales introduced various coronavirus measures together with inserting areas into tier 4 lockdown and massively scaling again Christmas bubble plans.
The easing of restrictions of indoor family mixing will solely apply on Christmas Day and all of Scotland shall be positioned into tier 4 lockdown restrictions from Boxing Day for 3 weeks, with a evaluate after a fortnight.
It follows considerations of a brand new mutant variant of Covid-19 which is thought to be spreading 70% faster than previous versions, however isn’t any extra deadly.
Asserting the brand new measures, Sturgeon mentioned: ‘With the intention to scale back the chance of extra of the pressure being imported into Scotland, we intend to keep up a strict journey ban between Scotland and the remainder of the UK.
‘Sadly, and I’m genuinely sorry about this, that ban will stay in place proper all through the festive interval.
‘We merely can’t danger extra of this new pressure getting into the nation if we are able to probably keep away from it.
‘Which means individuals from Scotland not visiting different elements of the UK, and vice versa. Cross-border journey for all however probably the most important functions shouldn’t be permitted.’
Christmas holidays for many Scottish pupils have been prolonged to January 11 and the bulk will start the brand new time period learning from dwelling.
The First Minister mentioned colleges will reopen as at present scheduled for some pupils, corresponding to youngsters of key staff.
However for many pupils, the brand new faculty time period will start on January 11, with on-line studying till ‘a minimum of’ January 18.
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