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Scottish Government likely to advise against booking Easter holidays “either overseas or within Scotland”

 

The First Minister announced details of the review of current lockdown restrictions, telling the Scottish Parliament that “Our room for manoeuvre remains very limited. Even a slight easing of restrictions could cause cases to start rising rapidly again.” and that “because of the new, more infectious variant, our exit from lockdown is likely to be even more cautious than it was last summer.”

Ms Sturgeon said that the Scottish Government is currently preparing a revised strategic framework, which will set out in more detail when and how we might gradually emerge from lockdown and it is hoped that this will be published next week.  The revised framework will “aim to set out how we will use and balance all the tools at our disposal – restrictions and advice, vaccination, test and protect, and travel restrictions – to restore, on a phased basis, greater normality to our everyday lives.”

The First Minister also indicated that the Scottish Government is “likely to advise against booking Easter holidays, either overseas or within Scotland, as it is highly unlikely that we will have been able to fully open hotels or self catering accommodation by then.” and added; “For the summer, while it is still highly unlikely that overseas holidays will be possible or advisable, staycations might be – but this will depend on the data nearer the time.”

Ms Sturgeon spoke of ‘trade-offs’ and that “in a world where we can’t do everything immediately, we will need to decide what matters most” and gave details of the Scottish Government’s phased approach to pupils returning to school.

The First Minister also highlighted that the Scottish Government will be “driven much more by data than dates.”

You can read the First Minister’s statement in full here

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