Sturgeon ignores ‘apparent anomalies’ in Covid rules

Nicola Sturgeon’s statement failed to address the “apparent anomalies” in Covid rules that are causing “deep frustration” for people and businesses across the country, the Scottish Conservatives have said.


Scottish Conservative Leader Douglas Ross asked the First Minister to explain why 6000 people can meet in a fan zone while other Covid rules heavily restrict capacity at gatherings.


Douglas Ross added that soft play centres, who were protesting outside the Scottish Parliament, deserved a more specific explanation about why they cannot open.


He also asked if the First Minister would re-examine the capacity limits on weddings and funerals in areas of level two restrictions – given that many events would have been planned on higher limits based on the Scottish Government’s original routemap.


The Scottish Conservative Leader also asked the government to find a solution so that parents can see their young children graduate from nursery to primary school.


Scottish Conservative Leader Douglas Ross said: “Six months after the first Covid jag in Scotland, we should all take a moment to thank NHS staff, volunteers and our Armed Forces. The news that three-quarters of the adult population have had at least one jag and half of all adults have had both is an enormous achievement for Scotland and the UK’s vaccine scheme.


“It’s very encouraging that younger people may soon be able to safely get the Covid vaccine. The vaccine is our main route out of restrictions and I hope, once the JCVI make their recommendations, we are able to make swift progress so that young people’s education is not disrupted any longer.


“The First Minister’s statement was telling for what it missed out and who it ignored.


“It had nothing, not a single shred of new information, for soft play centres, hospitality businesses, couples waiting to get married or parents hoping to see their young children graduate from nursery.


“The First Minister said herself that there are “apparent anomalies” in the rules – but she didn’t signal any intent to fix the deep frustrations those anomalies are causing.


“There are no easy solutions but the public deserve better than being told to just put up with contradictory rules.”


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