Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 8th December 2020.

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The First Minister:

We advise against car sharing whenever possible. Obviously, there will be circumstances in which it is necessary and essential, as is the case for travelling from one part of the country to another, but we advise against it.

We say to all employers that they should be very sensitive to the concerns of their staff. If staff have concerns about anything that they have been asked to do in their workplace, particularly if they are workers with health conditions or worries in that regard, employers should try to come to agreements there.

The virus transmits in a range of ways, but, to put it simply, it transmits when people come together. Therefore, hard though it is—this has been the hardest part of the whole process—what we have to do to get levels of the virus down is to reduce the circumstances in which people come together. Obviously, the enclosed spaces of cars and vehicles are one environment in which the virus may well take the opportunity to spread.