Stay-at-home lockdown – and school closures – announced for Scotland for January

Most of Scotland will be placed in lockdown from 5 January for the whole of January to tackle the rising spread of the new coronavirus strain, Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

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The first minister said a legally-enforceable stay-at-home order will apply from 5 January to areas currently under Level 4 – mainland Scotland and Skye – with exemptions in place for carers, essential shopping, unlimited outdoor exercise, and being part of an extended household.

Schools and nurseries will remain closed to most pupils until February, meaning an additional two weeks of home learning for most pupils.

Sturgeon announced the changes in a statement at the Scottish parliament, which was recalled from recess to discuss stricter measures, telling MSPs taking no action could see coronavirus (Covid-19) capacity in hospitals overrun within “three or four weeks”.

She said:

We have an opportunity in Scotland to avert the situation here deteriorating to that extent but we must act quickly.

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January 2021

The first minister said the lockdown decision was taken after a meeting of the Scottish Cabinet on the morning of 4 January.

She said:

I can confirm now, in summary, that we decided to introduce from tomorrow, for the duration of January, a legal requirement to stay at home except for essential purposes. This is similar to the lockdown of March last year.

The Scottish government had already announced school holidays were being extended to 11 January, with ministers having originally planned for remote learning until 18 January.

However, schools will still be open for the children of key workers who cannot work from home, and for vulnerable youngsters.


The first minister said Scotland recorded 1,905 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, down from the 2,464 reported on 3 January. The daily test positivity rate is 15%, a marginal drop from 15.2%.

Currently, the whole of mainland Scotland and Skye are under the toughest tier of restrictions, banning indoor visits except in limited special circumstances and restricting meetings outdoors to six people from two households.

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    1. “Most of Scotland will be placed in lockdown from 5 January… The first minister said Scotland recorded 1,905 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, down from the 2,464 reported on 3 January.”
      Don’t get me wrong I like ‘lockdown’, and at least in Scotland the terms seem pleasant – “with exemptions in place for carers, essential shopping, unlimited outdoor exercise, and being part of an extended household.” – however when ‘cases’ have dropped by nearly 500 in one day the idea of “…restricting meetings outdoors to six people from two households” seems absurd, given the so-called efficacy of ‘social distancing’ the sacred two metres alongside a good hand-wash in our deadly combat with the killer virus!
      Is it possible that we are being ‘stressed out’? I am seeing very little common sense when I do go out for essential shopping or excercise; once masked social distancing is ignored or impossible, and the masks wore by most people are not the proper type to afford the level of protection supposedly needed. In the end masks have become more of a fashion statement than anything else.
      I apologise to anyone who knows of anyone who has died of Covid-19 who had no underlying health issue. As yet I haven’t come across such a case. We should always try and protect our vulnerable people, but protecting our pared down NHS is a consequence of Tory and New Labour’s destructive policies – it’s not a heath crisis it’s an infrastructure crisis and it’s not a ‘conspiracy’ it’s a combination of incompetence and structural deficiencies (one result being an incompetent elitist government and state).

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