Non essential shops, salons and building sites to close to prevent the spread of COVID-19

Sorry we are closed sign in shop window

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has asked all non essential shops, hair salons and building sites to close in order to further prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The Scottish Government say that 499 people have now tested positive for Coronavirus in Scotland and 14 people have died.  They have also advised that these numbers are probably underestimating the spread of the bug.

Ms Sturgeon says that all stores that are not selling essential items such as food and medicines should close immediately.

She told a press conference today "My message to shops that are still open is this and it is clear, if you are not providing essential items like food and medicines then please also close now.

"It has been clear to me that there are still too many people across our country who are being expected to, or expecting to, go to work as normal and this presents a serious and unnecessary risk of spreading the virus.

"I want to reiterate that if you run a business and if the nature of your business makes it difficult for you or your workers to work from home or to practice safe social distancing then you should close."

"This morning I was asked on radio about building sites and hair salons and my advice would be to close."

Dr Catherine Calderwood, the Chief Medical Officer for Scotland also addressed the conference.  She said "Those 14 deaths probably each represent up to 1,000 people that have become infected.

"We have 23 people currently in our intensive care units across Scotland who have coronavirus and each of them represents perhaps 400 to 500 other people that will have become infected in the course of their illness."

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