Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 22nd December 2020.

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The First Minister:

We will carry out a review two weeks after commencement of the restrictions on boxing day, and I will set out its outcome in the Parliament on that day. Forgive me if I get the date wrong; I think that that will be on 12 January. We will be as clear as we can be about the reasons for the decisions that we take in the review, and we will try to keep the level 4 restrictions to as short a period as possible.

I want to give people as much clarity as possible. However, although I understand the desire for clarity—it is a normal human desire, which I share and on which I want to deliver—I do not think that people want me just to say things that they want to hear right now but which might have to be reversed later. We have to try to set out the situation as clearly as possible, and to explain the implications and the difficulties as we go along. That is what I will try to do, especially over the coming period, when people will be worried about the situation that will pertain at the start of the year.