Nicola Sturgeon refuses to rule out quarantine for Brits crossing Scottish border

Nicola Sturgeon has yet to rule out whether she will force people crossing into Scotland from other parts of the UK to quarantine for two weeks. The SNP leader has implemented different measures in Scotland after enforcing the public must wear face coverings in shops and on public transport. Host Andrew Marr asked the First Minister: “You have said that the rate of infection of coronavirus in England is now five times worse than Scotland where you’re pursuing an elimination strategy and yet you are not pressing the button on people from England coming into Scotland quarantine. Why not?”

Mr Sturgeon told the BBC show: “I said we will keep all of these things under review.

“I set out in Parliament on Thursday is one of our biggest risks in the next weeks is the risk of importation into the country.

“That’s why we’ve taken a very cautious decision on international quarantine.

“This is not a position I relish being in but it also means we have to take a very close look in making sure the virus doesn’t come in from other parts of the UK.

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“That’s not political or constitutional, it’s not something I’m planning to do but I will make decisions to protect the public health of Scotland.”

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