The Scottish First Minister has come under fire for her “draconian measures” after taking a more cautious approach to lifting coronavirus restrictions. Ms Sturgeon’s reintroducing of strict measures ahead of the Christmas holidays caused many Scottish businesses to suffer as a result.
The criticism comes after data from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) appeared to show little difference in the infection rate between Scotland and England despite both having very different approaches.
Nicola Sturgeon recently revealed that mask-wearing could remain in the country for years to come – as she blasted Boris Johnson for lifting all Plan B restrictions from this week.
Twitter user Martin Daubney commented on her announcement: “There is no science to support Sturgeon. This is pure politics – to posture she is above Westminster law & to aid her pipe dream of independence”.
Ms Sturgeon’s harsh restrictions have also been condemned by other members of the Scottish Parliament.
Scottish Tory leader Douglas Ross urged Nicola Sturgeon to admit that her government “made the wrong call” by keeping tough restrictions in place.
He said: “It is simply not opportunistic to trust the people in Scotland and trust that they can learn to live with Covid, rather than having to live with her government’s restrictions which are having a massive impact on jobs, on businesses and communities across Scotland – and they are not getting the money or the support they were promised”.
Challenging Ms Sturgeon at First Minister’s Questions last week, Mr Douglas said she was “too quick to bring in unnecessary Covid restrictions. Too late to launch mass vaccination centres. Too late to change the self-isolation rules and too late to get funding to businesses who need it”.
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Another reader wrote: “Who’s she trying to win over with her replies, certainly not the businesses that are keeping her country afloat”.
Nicola Sturgeon will address MSPs in Parliament at 2pm today to give an update on the coronavirus situation and share the latest data after restrictions were eased yesterday.
The easing of restrictions last night meant that nightclubs can now reopen and table service and social distancing in hospitality venues have been scrapped.
Some restrictions, however, remain in place with face coverings expected to still be worn on public transport, in schools and in public indoor settings.