A summary of the First Minister’s briefing today:
Firstly, the Scottish Government has today published our second coronavirus bill.
The Bill includes a range further measures, to help Scotland through this pandemic.
The second item I want to cover today concerns the lockdown restrictions.
Last night, the Prime Minister set out some of the details of his plan, for easing restrictions in England. More of the detail of that has emerged this morning – and will continue to come out, during the day.
I want to reiterate that those announcements do not apply here. That is not, I want to stress, for any political reason. It is because the Scottish Government is not yet confident that these changes can be made in Scotland without us running the risk of the virus potentially running out of control. Scotland’s lockdown restrictions remain in place for now. And our key message remains the same.
We need you to stay at home.
We do not, at this point, want to see more businesses opening up – or more people going to work.
If we take our foot off the brake too soon, the real danger is we will end up in this lockdown for longer – and worse of all, we will lose many more people along the way.
None of us want that. So please be patient. And please try not to get distracted by messages from other parts of the UK. All governments across the UK are trying to do the right thing and all of us have a responsibility to take the steps we think are right, at the right time.
So please if you live in Scotland, abide by the law that applies here and follow the Scottish Government guidance.