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Nicola Sturgeon Announces Scotland Pauses Shielding

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, announced today that shielding for vulnerable people will pause in Scotland parallel to policy from Westminster.

Matt Hancock, the sectary of state for health and social care, announced this week that shielding will come to an end on the 31st of July.

From the first of August, the Scottish government will be pausing shielding, according to the Scottish Government website: “We now know that the risks from being outside and catching coronavirus are very low.”

Shielding measures encouraged by the Scottish government have asked that ‘people at the highest risk of severe illness from coronavirus’ remain indoors and out of contact.

Nicola Sturgeon announced to the parliament today: “I know that the pause in shielding will be an enormous relief to many.

“But I strongly suspect that it will be making you anxious.

“So please be assured that we are pausing shieling because we do believe that it is safe to do so.”

Official government advise says: “Evidence shows that the risk of catching the virus is very small if you are 2 metres or more away.

“This is because the droplets will have fallen to the ground.

“This is why our advice is to stay 2 metres away from people outwith your household.”

Now those who have been shielding will meet up to eight people indoors from two other households.

Then meet a further 15 people from four other households outdoors, alongside attending worship and entering pubs and restaurants.

As well as taking public transport, go to a second home or book a holiday travelling ‘as far as you want.’

Pausing the shielding measures put in place comes on the condition that the spread of the Coronavirus does not continue to spread.

Ms Sturgeon also added: “However, if circumstances change our advice will also change, we will continue to put your safety first.”

In concluding her statement to parliament, she finished saying: “It’s really hard for those of us who haven’t been shielding ourselves to fully comprehend how hard the past few months have been for those of you who have.

“So, I want you to know how deeply grateful I am to all of you for your patience and sacrifice.”


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