SNP faces major backlash as Nicola Sturgeon ally announces Halloween banned in Scotland

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Nicola Sturgeon’s deputy John Swinney encouraged Scottish children and their parents to take “extra caution” and avoid visiting other households to go trick or treating. The Scottish Government is set to introduce a series of new restrictions because of the ongoing spike of coronavirus cases across Scotland. Taking over from the First Minister for the first time since the start of her daily briefings, Mr Swinney said: “In ordinary circumstances, families across Scotland would be out guising tomorrow night and people of all ages would be attending Halloween parties.

“Sadly, these are not ordinary circumstances.

“None of us at the moment should be visiting each other’s homes unless it’s for an essential purpose.

“And we should all be avoiding activities that make the spread of the virus more likely. I’m afraid guising falls into that category.

“Going door to door, passing sweets, touching items others have touched, all of that gives the opportunity for Covid to spread.”

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Mr Swinney continued: “If there is one thing we know is that this virus will take any opportunity it has to spread.

“So this Halloween, our advice is that you should stay at home. That, of course, does not mean families cannot have fun.

“Children and adults can still dress up and play games and can still all celebrate Halloween.

“We just need to do that in the safety of our own homes.” 

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Mr Swinney noted his own family will have to sacrifice the celebrations but will still try to make it “special” despite the new restrictions.

He added: “That’s certainly what my family will be doing. My son is already practising some fantastic impersonations and he’s looking forward to being dress up.

“It won’t be the same as in previous years, but we’ll try to make it very special in our house.”

The appeal to Scottish parents and youngsters comes as coronavirus-related deaths rose by another 28 in the past 24 hours.

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Mr Swinney also updated the current coronavirus statistics, saying 62,812 have now tested positive in Scotland, up from 61,531 the previous day.

The daily test positivity rate is 6%, down from 7.1% on Thursday

Of the new cases, 496 are in Greater Glasgow and Clyde, 258 in Lanarkshire, 194 in Lothian, and 89 in Tayside.

There are 1,170 people in hospital confirmed to have the virus, up by 18 in 24 hours. And 83 of these patients are currently in intensive care, a decrease of three.

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