Nicola Sturgeon backlash: SNP’s ‘confusing’ rule of six change in Scotland sparks anger

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National Clinical Director of the Scottish Government, Jason Leitch, explained to BBC News how the rule of six in Scotland differs from England due to an additional restriction of two households applied to the rule. However, some viewers took to social media to criticise the decision to implement a different version of the social distancing rule to England. 

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Mr Leitch said: “It is getting more complicated I am afraid.

“The first question people need to ask is where they live, which country are you in?

“The rules are slightly nuanced in each place.

“We have said six people indoor or outdoors but two households because we are trying to prevent the virus moving from household to household.

“That is what the virus wants to do, it wants to jump from person to person, household to household.”

He added: “We have exempted children from the six but not from the two.

“So if you have large families you can still gather and the kids don’t count in the six but you can still only have two households together.

“It is really restrictive we understand that but it is tough because we are in such a precarious position.”    

Some viewers took to Twitter to share their views on Nicola Sturgeon’s decision to implement slightly different measures in Scotland than England.

One Twitter user wrote: “It’s because @NicolaSturgeon can’t stand Boris Johnson or the English. Let’s just tell it how it really is shall we.”

Another tweeted: Cue more confusion.”

A third said: “Of course they’re slightly different. Sturgeon ALWAYS has to be slightly different.”

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