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

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The First Minister:

I cannot rule out Glasgow or any part of the country having to go to level 4 for the first time or again. I would dearly love to be able to do that, but I cannot.

However, I know that, if all of us continue to follow the rules and the guidance and to do the really difficult things—to stay out of the houses of our friends and loved ones, to abide by the travel restrictions, to reduce our interactions with other people as much as possible and to not go into crowded places, especially when retail opens again in Glasgow on Friday—all of us, collectively, can mitigate and reduce the risk of Glasgow or any other part of Scotland going back to level 4.

We are making real progress at the moment, and I do not want that to be lost in our discussions today. When I stood here three weeks ago, we were really worried that the levels of infection were just not coming down in areas such as Glasgow. They have come down significantly. That is down to the sacrifices of so many people across the country. However, we need to stick with it. Today is an optimistic day, but we are not out of this yet. The more we stick with it, the fewer people will get the virus, the fewer people will die of the virus and the more of us will come out the other end of it—hopefully, sooner rather than later.