Sturgeon panic: First Minister admits she is ‘nervous’ about easing lockdown in Scotland

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Nicola Sturgeon revealed she is nervous about the easing of lockdown in Scotland as she urged the public to be careful as they go back to shops and pubs. Scotland has now gone a full week without any new coronavirus deaths. The First Minister said no COVID-19 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours, the seventh day in a row without a rise in fatalities.

The First Minister said: “Today marks the biggest step for Scotland out of lockdown so far.

“The childcare sector can fully open from today, venues like museums, galleries and other attractions can also welcome visitors from today, although in many cases you will need to book tickets in advance.

“Hairdressing services resume today, in fact I understand some opened at midnight because of demand. I wish I had known about that.

“Cinemas can also open their doors from day, and places of worship can reopen for communal services and prayer for up to 50 people, if that can be accommodated within physical distancing.

“Our tourism sector can also fully reopen, so hotels and bed and breakfasts, for example, can welcome guests and indoor hospitality, such as pubs and restaurants can open again.”

Ms Sturgeon added: “The changes are long awaited and have been very hard earned by everybody across the country.

“But I have to say that I am even more nervous about today’s changes than I have been about earlier changes in previous phases of coming out of lockdown.”

She spoke about the tightening of restrictions in California, where bars, cinemas and restaurants, have had to close again.

“That must be a reminder that our progress out of lockdown could yet go into reverse,” she warned.

“And it will go into reverse if we see signs that the virus is starting to spread widely in the community again.

“So all of us must do everything we can to ensure that doesn’t happen.”

The First Minister told Scots: “In the days and weeks ahead enjoy your first meal out in a long time, if you are able to do that. Enjoy your first drink indoors if you want to do that. Enjoy your first haircut – which I know many of us across the country will certainly do.

“And please support local businesses as you do that where ever you can. They need our support at this time more than ever.”

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