Scotland ‘not going back to March’ lockdown, Sturgeon says

First minister reassures public additional Covid restrictions will not amount to lockdown

Additional coronavirus restrictions to be announced in Scotland on Wednesday will not amount to another lockdown, Nicola Sturgeon has said, moving to reassure the public that the country would not be “going back to March”.

Following intense speculation about the nature of the “short, sharp shock” – or “circuit-breaker” – restrictions to stem the rising infection rate, which ministers and public health officials have been floating for more than a week, Scotland’s first minister said explicitly they would not be shutting down the economy or closing schools.

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