Covid-19

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

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The First Minister:

Yes, of course we will. I absolutely understand the importance of physical exercise and activity not only to people’s physical health but to their mental health. Although the focus in tackling the pandemic is on protecting people’s physical health, we may well live with the mental health impacts for longer. Nobody is in any way oblivious to the real importance of having gyms open and encouraging and supporting people to take care of their physical health so that they can support their mental health.

Unfortunately, I suspect that, over the immediate period, we may have to look at tightening the level 4 restrictions rather than easing them. However, hopefully, as we go further into next year, the opposite can be true, and making sure that people have access to physical activity will be at or very near the top of the list of priorities.