Sturgeon announcement: The restrictions SNP are planning to impose on Scotland exposed

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Nicola Sturgeon will outline new restrictions for Scotland this afternoon as the spread of Omicron continues. The First Minister will make a statement to the Scottish Parliament as the public braces itself for the prospect of another tightening of restrictions.

Ms Sturgeon will also update the public in a press briefing at 2pm.

She has said action needed to be taken to slow the spread of the new Omicron variant while the booster vaccination programme is accelerated.

The SNP have already pledged to ramp up the Covid booster jabs scheme in response to a wave of Omicron infections in Scotland.

All Scottish residents aged 30-39 are now able to book their third dose of the vaccine with 18 to 29-year-olds expected to be given the green light this week.

What will be announced?

Health Secretary Humza Yousaf all but confirmed new restrictions are on the way for Scots when he told the BBC that “inevitable” further curbs would be required.

Limits on the number of people who can mix together may be coming this afternoon, but is yet to be confirmed.

It is thought the Scottish Government will not extend the use of vaccine passports to all hospitality venues as has been previously touted, but this is also unconfirmed at this stage.

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