The Scottish national clinical director Jason Leitch has warned on Thursday that there is “no question” of a “normal” Christmas and family gatherings will not be happening.
He told Scots that they should “get their digital Christmas ready” and it is “fiction” there will be large family gatherings this year.
Scotland has also extended their circuit breaker until at least 2 November, and it is expected that First Minister Nicola Sturgeon will announce a new five tiered lockdown system.
Leitch told the Good Morning Scotland programme, “I’m hopeful costs now may get us a more family Christmas. But Christmas is not going to be normal, there’s absolutely no question about that.
“We are not going to be in large family groupings, with multiple families coming round – that is fiction for this year.
“I’m hopeful that if we can get numbers down to a certain level, we may be able to get some form of normality. But people should get their digital Christmas ready.”
Previously Sturgeon warned that it is still too early to plan for Christmas as it is far too soon to see what the impact of the restrictions are having on the virus.
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