Details emerge of Scotland’s new Covid-19 tiered restrictions

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FIRST Minister Nicola Sturgeon has provided details of Scotland’s new five-level tiered system of Covid-19 restrictions, which are due to come into force in early November.

Ranging from Level 0 to Level 4, the framework has revealed that even in the highest level, construction and manufacturing will still be permitted along with essential and outdoor workplaces.

Nicola Sturgeon said, “It has become increasingly clear that we need to update our approach to tackling coronavirus to adapt to this latest phase of the pandemic. The draft strategic framework we are publishing sets out how we intend to do that. It tries to balance different types of harms. But it is worth stressing that if we allow the virus to run out of control then that will exacerbate every other harm.

“In the coming days, we will listen to views from stakeholders on any suggested changes they might have, or how they would like to see it implemented. Although the framework we have published is new, the principles behind it will be familiar. I know that when people hear the daily figures it’s easy to feel as though the hard sacrifices we are all living with are not making a difference. But by taking these difficult steps we will help suppress the virus, and that is why I am asking everyone to stick with it.”