Nicola Sturgeon has warned Scots that she will not hesitate to reimpose quarantine and travel restrictions in the country if coronavirus cases surge. She urged the public to stay in Scotland if they want a holiday and help the Scottish tourist industry. Speaking from Edinburgh, Ms Sturgeon said: “We are currently seeing a worrying resurgence in COVID cases, not just in far away parts of the world but also in several countries across Europe right now.
“For example, Spain and Belgium have seen increaes of COVID and we’re seeing outbreaks in Germany and France.
“I think there are two important lessons for us from that. The most immediate one is as the prevalence of COVID in Scotland continues to fall, we must guard against the risk of cases coming into the country from outside.
“If necessary the Scottish Government will reimpose quarantine restrictions and travel restrictions from certain countries as we did at the weekend for Spain if those countries see a sharp increase in cases.
“People planning overseas holidays need to be aware of that.
Nicola Sturgeon at the daily press briefing
Coronavirus cases have been increasing in European countries
“You cannot assume that the rules and regulations applying to your destination when you book a holiday will stay the same while you’re there or be the same when you come to travel home.
“As I’ve said before, my advice to you remains to be very cautious about non-essential foreign travel at this time.
“If you are in a position to take a holiday or want to do so the safest way of doing so is to stay here in Scotland.
“You avoid the risks of foreign travel but also as an added bonus help the Scottish tourist industry.”
Nicola Sturgeon urged Scots to go on holiday in the country
Social media users quickly hit out at the First Minister for her comments.
One Twitter users wrote: “Sturgeon essentially calling the rest of the UK ‘foreign’ here which is rather shameful.”
Another added: “Does a Staycation mean a holiday in Britain? Or does a nationalist like Sturgeon only count Scotland? What a shambles we’ve become.”
A third person wrote: “Stay in Scotland for your holiday as I’ve f***** the economy!! Pretty simple from Sturgeon actually.”
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It comes as the First Minister gave the latest figures at the Scottish Government’s daily coronavirus briefing in Edinburgh.
A total of 2,491 patients have died in Scotland after testing positive for Covid-19.
Ms Sturgeon said 18,558 people have tested positive for the virus, up by four from 18,554 the day before.
There were 264 people in hospital with confirmed Covid-19, down six in 24 hours.