October 27, 2021


It's Your Education

As it happened: Third of people in England still susceptible to Covid

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Sturgeon appears to criticise the Westminster government – which is making face masks voluntary in England – as she says “sensible precautions” such as mandatory mask-wearing will continue.

She says: “If government believes measures like this matter, we should say so and take any resulting flak from those who disagree.

“We shouldn’t lift important restrictions to make our lives easier and then expect the public to do the right thing anyway.”

The Scottish government still expects to lift almost all legal restrictions from 9 August, Sturgeon says, when everyone over 40 should have been able to have a second vaccine dose.

She says they intend to remove the self-isolation requirement for close contacts for people who have had both doses, as long as they take a PCR test. And she says they are examining how to lift self-isolation requirements for schools.

From 19 July, Scotland will also remove the quarantine requirement for returning travellers if they are fully vaccinated and take a PCR test on the second day.

Sturgeon also directly addresses people who are clinically extremely vulnerable, saying “we will not abandon you” and adding that precautions such as face masks will be kept as long as necessary.