Nicola Sturgeon will give a Covid update in Scottish Parliament today, further outlining Scotland’s response to the Omicron variant.
Scotland recorded more than 6,700 new infections on Monday, and the UK as a whole reported 91,743 cases, the second-highest daily total since mass testing began.
The First Minister has pledged not to cancel Christmas, but could introduce tougher restrictions on top of recent guidance for people to limit mixing as much as possible.
Here is everything you need to know about today’s announcement.
The First Minister will start speaking at around 2.20pm.
She will give a statement, which usually lasts around 20 minutes, before taking questions from MSPs for around 40 minutes.
You will be able to watch the announcement live on Scottish Parliament TV, as well as the Scottish Government’s social media platforms.
It will also be shown live on BBC Scotland, and there will be coverage on Sky News.
Scots are already being advised to limit socialising to a maximum of three households at a time.
Pubs and restaurants are also being told to reintroduce social distancing measures, such as creating more space between tables.
At present this is just guidance, but the First Minister may choose to toughen up the rules as cases continue to spike.
However, she has already assured Scots that she will not force them to cancel Christmas plans.
In a statement released on Monday evening, Ms Sturgeon said: “The Cabinet will discuss tomorrow and I will set out in Parliament if there are any additional or wider steps necessary, but I want to be clear to individuals that the advice I gave out last week is the advice that will take us through Christmas.”
She added: “My clear message to individuals is to reiterate the message I gave last week and that is, in the run up to Christmas, please reduce your contacts, stay at home as much as is feasible right now.
“For Christmas Day and Boxing Day, we’re not asking people to cancel plans, but think about keeping them as small as your family circumstances allow and make sure everyone is testing before going, and following rules around hygiene and ventilation.
“Then after Christmas, for a period, limit your contacts again, so we can suppress infection as much as we possibly can, as we speed up the vaccination programme.”
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