‘Indecisive’ First Minister says tune in again next week

Douglas Ross challenged Nicola Sturgeon to explain what more evidence she needs to cut self-isolation times for those testing negative for Covid after the First Minister delayed a decision for a further week.

The Scottish Conservative leader, responding to Nicola Sturgeon’s Covid update statement in Parliament today, reiterated his call for isolation times to be cut from 10 days to seven for those who test negative twice and for an end to household contacts having to isolate if they test negative.

He insisted her indecision was continuing to harm businesses, who are suffering from widespread staff absentees caused by self-isolation requirements.

Douglas Ross also questioned why businesses impacted by the Covid restrictions had still not received financial support packages promised by the Scottish Government, when the First Minister had previously stated she would try to get grants sent out before Christmas.

Scottish Conservative Leader Douglas Ross said: “Last week I asked the First Minister to change self-isolation rules to allow household contacts to end self-isolation if they have a negative PCR test, and to reduce isolation from ten to seven days if they test negative twice.

“But her message to people is, once again, to tune in again next week on these essential changes.

“We’ve had the ground-breaking study showing that, while Omicrom is more transmissible, it’s also less severe.

“What more information does the First Minister need to take the step on self-isolation that we’ve been calling for for weeks?

“Businesses across Scotland are struggling - at what should be their busiest time of year - with both the impact of restrictions and the First Minister’s indecision on self-isolation rules.

“Absences and a lack of staff cover mean many are having to close early or are unable to open at all, despite staff testing negative for Covid.

“On top of that, many businesses that are in dire straits and need financial support now have still not received financial support from the Scottish Government.

“The First Minister promised to do everything possible to get this money to them before Christmas - but they are still waiting as the Scottish Government weighs up its allocation criteria.

“It’s not fair to keep people and businesses in the dark.”

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