Nicola Sturgeon Christmas coronavirus statement RECAP: First Minister warns new strain could lead to 'exponential growth' in cases

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By Gary Flockhart and Katharine Hay
Tuesday, 22nd December 2020, 6:47 am
Updated Tuesday, 22nd December 2020, 3:11 pm

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Edinburgh hostel opens doors to house homeless over Christmas and New Year

A father and daughter have decided to open their family-run hostel to people sleeping rough on the street over the festive period.

Harry and Chantelle Tant run Bobby’s Bunkhouse in Merchant Street, Edinburgh, where there has been little in the way of business due to the government’s current coronavirus restrictions.

With another national lockdown looming, the pair have decided to open their hostel, free of charge, to the homeless and provide beds, clean towels and warm showers.

The Tants, with the help of hostel manager Paul Fraser, have also set up a JustGiving page to raise money to provide hot meals each day and essential toiletries.

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The First Minister won’t provide her daily Covid-19 briefing at lunchime – but instead will update Holyrood on the latest coronavirus developments at around 2.20pm.

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The First Minister won’t provide her daily Covid-19 briefing at lunchime – but instead will update Holyrood on the latest coronavirus developments at around 2.20pm.

There will not be the previously billed review of the Scottish Government's route map out of lockdown – as Ms Sturgeon effectively did so at an emergency coronavirus briefing at the weekend when announcing that most of Scotland will be put into the highest level of lockdown from Boxing Day.

The Christmas “bubble” policy has been scaled back, with indoor household mixing only allowed on Christmas Day rather than the previously-announced five days.

Up to eight people from three households will still be allowed to gather indoors on December 25, but Ms Sturgeon said her “strong advice” was to spend Christmas alone.

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Lorry drivers waiting to cross the Channel have been offered just a single cereal bar each, according to a trade association

Rod McKenzie, managing director of the Road Haulage Association, told BBC Breakfast: "Clearly those drivers have spent a second night parked up somewhere, possibly on a motorway, possibly somewhere else, trying to get across the Channel, and many of them are European drivers trying to get home for Christmas, and their morale is very poor.

"Yesterday Kent County Council offered each of them one cereal bar, which is a pretty poor effort, I think in terms of maintaining their morale, and their spirits."

Mr McKenzie said toilet facilities were also a "big issue" with concerns over health and cleanliness.

He added: "We are not treating them well as a country, we are not treating lorry drivers well in these very difficult conditions that they are in at the moment."

Talks with France to ease freight curbs ‘ongoing’

The country shut its border with the UK on Sunday night over fears around a new strain of coronavirus.

The Prime Minister has spoken to French president Emmanuel Macron, as lorries queued in Kent, in a bid to find a solution to the situation, while First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warned “there is not a moment to lose on this”.

Government sources told the PA news agency that discussions with the French Government were “ongoing” after the PM said on Monday evening the two countries were working “to unblock the flow of trade as fast as possible”.

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