Breaking: Today’s Government Statement

Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon has provided the Government’s 3 weekly Covid update at 2.20pm today, Tuesday 9th March 2021. Here are the main headlines from her statement:

Vaccination Programme

1,789,777 had received the first dose in Scotland, though vaccinations per day has fallen due to a dip in supply. It’s expected supplies to accelerate again next week. Almost 40% now received a first dose.

There is strong evidence the vaccine has significantly reduced deaths in care homes. There is increasing confidence that vaccination is working.

Easing of Restrictions

Today, focus was on restoring a bit more normality, especially outdoors. So some minor changes were announced.

The first change was around meeting outdoors. From this Friday 12th March, up to 4 adults from 2 households can meet outdoors again, for social and recreation including anywhere outside including gardens.

For 12 – 17 year olds, meetings of up to 4 people can meet outside.

Outdoor exercise and activities. Outdoor contact sports for all adults can take place for adults up to 15 people.

The other careful change is in places of worship. Communal worship can begin again on Friday 26th March 2021. The limit will increase from 20 people to 50 people but with 2m physical distancing in place.

A firmer timeline for exit from lockdown (including travel and businesses) will be set out next week.

Other Points in the Statement

  1. A week ago was the confirmed anniversary of the first case of Covid in Scotland.
  2. Condemnation of the mass gatherings of football supporters in recent days putting so many others at risk.

Things are getting better. For now, the message is stay home, stay safe and stick with it!

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