Here's when Nicola Sturgeon will review lockdown restrictions today

Thursday, 15th October 2020, 9:28 am
Updated Thursday, 15th October 2020, 9:30 am

Nicola Sturgeon is “very unlikely" to ease coronavirus restrictions on household visits later today.

The First Minister is addressing the Scottish Parliament virtually this afternoon and is set to reveal the outcome of the latest three week review on coronavirus restrictions.

Ms Sturgeon is expected to outline tighter measures on the use of face coverings, while a tier-system, similar to that outlined by the Westminster Government days ago, will also be outlined by the leader.

An update on restrictions to the hospitality industry is also expected.

What time is Nicola Sturgeon speaking?

The SNP leader will address MSPs via a video call later today as the parliament is currently in recess.

She will begin with an address at 12.20pm before taking questions from MSPs.

Where can I watch today’s coronavirus update?

The First Minister’s address to MSPs will be broadcast live on BBC Scotland and BBC One Scotland for television viewers.

A live stream of the announcement will also be available to watch online from Scottish Parliament TV. You can visit the site here.

What will Nicola Sturgeon say?

Scots have been barred from visiting other households for three weeks now with only limited exceptions and Ms Sturgeon has already said she is "very unlikely to announce any changes or easing of the current rules on household gatherings".

New regulations on the use of face coverings in "indoor communal settings" will also be outlined by the leader with office corridors and staff canteens among the affected settings.

A three-tier system akin to the one rolled out in England this week will also be unveiled by the First Minister before a vote on the measures next week.

Ms Sturgeon has already vowed to outline “our options once the current two-week period of additional restrictions ends on 25 October".

What could a tier system look like?

Earlier this week Boris Johnson announced a three tier system would be coming into place in England from Wednesday 14 October.

There are three different Local Covid Alert Levels - medium, high and very high.

What you can and cannot do will vary depending on the level your area falls into. Currently, only the Liverpool City Region has been placed into the ‘very high’ alert level category.

Tier 1 - Medium

- 10pm curfew for bars, pubs and restaurants You must not socialise in groups larger than six, indoors or outdoors

Tier 2 - High

- You must not socialise with anybody outside of your household or support bubble in any indoor setting, whether at home or in a public place

- You must not socialise in a group of more than six outside, including in a garden or other spaces like beaches or parks

Tier 3 - Very high

- You must not socialise with anybody you do not live with, or have formed a support bubble with, in any indoor setting or in any private garden

- You must not socialise in a group of more than six in an outdoor public space such as a park or beach, the countryside, a public garden or a sports venue

- Pubs and bars must close. They can only remain open where they operate as if they were a restaurant, which means serving substantial meals, like a main lunchtime or evening meal. They may only serve alcohol as part of such a meal