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FMQs: Christmas plans must be published

The First Minister will outline plans for the Christmas period next week following Scottish Conservative calls for more information to be made available to the public immediately.

At First Minister’s Questions, Ruth Davidson called for more information on what relaxation of restrictions families should expect over Christmas and asked that plans are put in place to ensure that Armed Forces personnel are able to go home for Christmas.  

The First Minister said more information would be available next week on what restrictions would be in place and committed to publishing the Christmas loneliness campaign strategy that Ruth Davidson previously called for in October.

Nicola Sturgeon also said she did not currently recognise the 5:1 ratio of tightened restrictions to days of festive relaxation put forward by the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE) and agreed to look into it further.

Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson said: “Further restrictions were explained to us as suppressing the virus for its own sake, but also to allow us hope of some form of contact this Christmas.

“We need to know if these current restrictions are the price for relaxation this Christmas or, as government medical advisor, Dr Susan Hopkins, has suggested, the bill that will be paid by us all in the new year with a January shutdown.

“People have been living week-to-week for eight months now and they need to be able to plan. That’s why I welcome the First Minister’s response that the government will next week publish plans for what families can expect over Christmas and the loneliness strategy that we requested in October.

“These four-nations talks on Christmas planning are essential, and we urge the Scottish and UK governments to work together so that all military personnel can get home for Christmas and the rest of the country can plan for some form of family contact, too.”

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