Nicola Sturgeon coronavirus schools briefing: What time is she speaking, will secondary schools reopen, how can I watch?

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Nicola Sturgeon is to give an update on Scotland’s route out of lockdown and plans to fully reopen secondary schools during a lunchtime coronavirus briefing on Tuesday.

When is the announcement?

The First Minister will be speaking at around midday on Tuesday (April 6).

How can I watch it?

The announcement will be shown on BBC Scotland and you can also follow along with The Scotsman live blog.

What will the First Minister say?

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Ms Sturgeon will first of all provide the latest coronavirus statistics.

Speaking from St Andrew’s House in Edinburgh – where she will be joined by Chief Nursing Officer Amanda Croft and National Clinical Director Jason Leitch – Ms Sturgeon is also expected to confirm whether all secondary school pupils can return to classrooms full-time after the Easter holidays.

Nicola Sturgeon will provide an update on lockdown and schools on Tuesday.Nicola Sturgeon will provide an update on lockdown and schools on Tuesday.
Nicola Sturgeon will provide an update on lockdown and schools on Tuesday.

A specially established group, which advises the Scottish Government, met on Monday (April 5) to discuss the matter.

On March 24, Scotland's Education Secretary, John Swinney, told MSPs there is still a “certain amount of uncertainty” about whether all secondary pupils will be able to return to school full-time after Easter.

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Ms Sturgeon’s latest update comes as further restrictions were lifted on Monday, with some non-essential shops allowed to reopen.

The stay at home order was lifted on Friday and replaced with guidance to “stay local”.

On April 26, there is expected to be a wider reopening of the economy, with beer gardens and gyms returning to trading and more people being able to meet up outdoors and inside public places.

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