Thursday, 20 Jan 2022

‘There’s no logic to it!’ Sturgeon’s ‘crazy’ Covid rules savaged as business demand help

BBC Breakfast: Scottish bar owner slams Sturgeon's Covid rules

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Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has been slammed for issuing “crazy” restrictions over coronavirus by Christine Jardine of the Scottish Liberal Democrats. Ms Jardine poured cold water on the SNP leader’s handling of new Covid rules and told GB news the measures appeared to have little or no logic to them. She added the Scottish public needed clear guidance while businesses affected needed urgent support.

Ms Jardine told GB News: “What we’re getting in Scotland is a lack of clarity and there’s no logic to it that people can see.

“And that worries me because we need clear, direct protections that people can understand.

“They know this science and they see the logic in them.

“But there’s no logic for most people in there having been football last night but football is now stopped, outdoor events are now stopped.

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“You know, shopping centres and shopping centres are open. 

“It’s crazy, there’s no logic to it,” she continued.

“What we need is clear direction from the Scottish Government.”

Ms Jardine added: “What we need is support economic support for those businesses that are suffering and those families who are suffering because of the impact of this wave of Omicron.”

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Ms Jardine was speaking after new restrictions came into force in Scotland amid a growing number of cases linked to the Omicron variant.

From Monday, nightclubs will be closed and hospitality businesses will need to return to offering only table service if serving alcohol.

Bars, restaurants, and indoor leisure facilities such as gyms, theatres, and museums will also have to reinstate one-metre social distancing rules.

The restrictions come after limits were placed on large events from Sunday including football matches.

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SNP Finance Secretary Kate Forbes said: “These temporary restrictions are targeted at reducing the spread of Omicron while the accelerated vaccination programme takes effect.

“I understand how difficult this has been for businesses in recent weeks but we must reduce our contacts and limit the spread of the virus.

“We’re providing £375 million in business support, which is a significant investment, to support those who have experienced cancellations and help them get back on their feet in the new year.”

“The best way to support business sustainably is to get the virus back under control. Please get your boosters and stay at home as much as possible just now.”

“These temporary restrictions are targeted at reducing the spread of Omicron while the accelerated vaccination programme takes effect.

“I understand how difficult this has been for businesses in recent weeks but we must reduce our contacts and limit the spread of the virus.

“We’re providing £375 million in business support, which is a significant investment, to support those who have experienced cancellations and help them get back on their feet in the new year.

“The best way to support business sustainably is to get the virus back under control. Please get your boosters and stay at home as much as possible just now.”

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