UK coronavirus live news: Hancock unveils childcare exemption in local lockdowns; daily cases rise by 4,368

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Leaked document reveals list of lockdown restrictions being considered in Scotland

Scottish ministers are considering far-reaching restrictions to combat the surge in Covid cases including local lockdowns linked to school holidays next month, travel restrictions, closing playparks and shutting down hairdressers.

The measures were revealed in a leaked document marked “official sensitive”, which also reveals the Scottish government could issue a “general message” that people should again stay at home accept for essential shopping and exercise and also avoid public transport.


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ScotGov options for “circuit breaker”.

September 20, 2020

Written by Scottish government officials last Saturday, it also suggests a “rolling lockdown” for different parts of Scotland linked to October’s half term holidays, so that once schools are closed, the entire area goes into a lockdown.

Schools in a large majority of Scotland’s local authorities close for two weeks on 9 October, while a handful, including Edinburgh, close on 16 October.

Nicola Sturgeon, the first minister, confirmed she knew about the document, a computer screen image circulated on Twitter, and did not deny it was authentic. She said her government was considering a range of measures, some of which would go live this week and others at a later date.

“Yes, we are looking at a wide range of options and any government that isn’t doing that right now wouldn’t be doing its job properly,” she said during her daily coronavirus briefing.

She is due to hold emergency talks with Boris Johnson this afternoon before all four UK governments announce a new batch of tougher national restrictions on Tuesday. The details in that document are likely to be very similar to the restrictions being considered across the UK.

“I’ve heard about the screengrab,” she said. She went on:

I’m not going to comment on leaked documents whether they are genuine or not.

What I would say is that any responsible government right now will be looking at a whole range of different options. I know the Scottish government is and I’ve indicated today what the nature of some of those would be.

But we haven’t reached final decisions yet so anybody that’s looking at any documents and drawing a conclusion these are definitely going to happen is wrong, because we haven’t made these decisions.


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