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Taking to Twitter on Sunday morning, the First Minister of Scotland begged the public to “stick to lockdown rules”. Ms Sturgeon said: “Please stick to lockdown rules for now & not just because they are the rules – they remain the best way to protect yourself and your loved ones.
“Please stay at home except for essential purposes, stay 2 metres apart from others when you are out and don’t meet other households.
“If you have Covid-19 symptoms – a new, persistent cough, fever, loss/change of taste/smell – please isolate at home for 7 days.
“If someone in your household has symptoms please isolate for 14 days.”
She is staying out of the row involving Dominic Cummings over allegations that he broke lockdown rules after travelling 250 miles to his family home in Durham.
Ms Sturgeon, added: “We will review the current rules on Thursday and hopefully, evidence permitting, move to Phase 1 of @scotgov route map out of lockdown, with the gradual easing of some restrictions.
“But for now, please continue to do the right thing – it really is helping to save lives.”
But critics of the SNP leader claim that she was crippling businesses and forcing the Scottish economy to suffer because of the strict lockdown.
One said: “End #jockdown NOW! It’s crippling business, losing jobs and harming people’s health.
“You FAILED to PROTECT the people who most needed protection, those in #carehomes your Directives infected and abandoned.”
Another person fumed: “You are a class act, but she must apologise and resign for potentially putting lives at risk by encouraging people to ignore your advice.”
Another said: “I have no confidence in Nicola Sturgeon.
“They have failed in their duty to protect the public. The First Minister must RESIGN.”
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Others have said that she failed to disclose details of a conference held in Edinburgh where a large number of people contracted COVID-19.
At least 25 people linked to a Nike event held in Edinburgh in February may have contracted the virus but people who shared facilities with delegates were not told.
The first minister said details were not made public at the time because of patient confidentiality guidelines.
But MP Ian Murray accused Ms Surgeon of keeping “vital information secret”.
The First Minister said she would “reflect” on the approach taken to Scotland’s first coronavirus cases as she admitted it was “legitimate” to question how they were handled.
One said: “Does the Edinburgh chair think Nicola Sturgeon should resign for covering up the Nike Covid19 issue?
“Plenty of examples all over of politicians and advisers not doing the right thing. Sack them all!”
One posted a picture of a Nike logo with Nicola Sturgeon with “Resign” branded at the centre.
Announcing her first stage plan out of lockdown earlier this week, Ms Sturgeon said that garden centres and recycling facilities will reopen.
Meanwhile, some outdoor activities such as golf, fishing, tennis and bowls will be allowed again, as will outdoor work such as agriculture and forestry.
People will also be able to sit or sunbathe in parks and open areas, and will be able to meet people from one other household – although only initially in small numbers and while they are outside.
Alongside this, people will be able to travel – preferably by walking or cycling – for recreation, although they will be asked to remain “where possible” within or close to their own local area.
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