Nicola Sturgeon blasted for lockdown U-turn as routemap ‘already unravelling’

Nicola Sturgeon's roadmap is 'already unravelling' says Ross

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Scottish Conservatives leader Douglas Ross has blasted Nicola Sturgeon after Scotland’s latest plan to ease restrictions were laid out on Tuesday. The First Minister’s roadmap has been criticised for not looking beyond the end of April while business leaders have condemned the proposals as lacking clarity. Mr Ross has added to the pressure on the SNP leader today, claiming the timeframe set out was “ridiculous.”

Under the Scottish plan, council areas will not return to level three of lockdown – when non-essential retail and hairdressers can reopen – until April 26.

Primary schools should have fully reopened by March 15 but high school pupils could be waiting until April before returning to the classroom.

Mr Ross told BBC Scotland: “Did no one in the Scottish Government think that the date that we picked is the date that most schools in Scotland are going to be closing again?”

“We have seen already a u-turn from the First Minister today about places of worship,

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“Because somehow people didn’t realise when Easter Sunday was or the Easter break and also Passover,” he continued.

“I mean it is ridiculous that all this effort had gone into preparing the country to look towards this route map and it is already unravelling.

“And that’s a fact that people were looking for clarity and they didn’t get it,

“On schools, I have been clear today that we need to get people back in as quickly as it is safe to do so and when we can get senior pupils and staff-tested, I believe we can get it done quicker April 5 date announced by the First Minister.”

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It comes after Ms Sturgeon was confronted by the Scottish Conservative’s Ruth Davidson in a showdown in Scottish Parliament on Tuesday.

Ms Davidson insisted that Nicola Sturgeon lacked clarity in her speech about how Scotland would return to life out of lockdown and insisted that Ms Sturgeon wasn’t showcasing a roadmap but rather a holding document.

She demanded the First Minister answer why she wasn’t giving a more clear plan for the Scottish people as many would now be left disappointed. 

Ms Davidson said: “There is nothing for the thousands of Scots that have had medical treatment tests or operations cancelled about when and how services will get back up to speed.

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“There is nothing about those who have already postponed huge life events like weddings for a year, about when they can walk down the isle in front of family and friends.

“There is nothing about when measures like social distancing will end and when we can do something as basic as give a loved one a hug.”

Ms Sturgeon has defended her cautious explanation of relaxing lockdown measures.

She has insisted that there was still much uncertainty and her Government were dealing with this reality.

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