Nicola Sturgeon: UK policy on air bridges has been shambolic

Media playback is unsupported on your device                  Media captionCoronavirus Sturgeon brands air bridge process'shambolic

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She added it is "very likely" the Scottish Government will be able to agree the low-risk countries on the air bridge list over the next few days.

Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have not yet agreed to the proposals, with Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford saying it had been "impossible" to get a "sensible answer" on how United Kingdom ministers meant to make the changes.

UK Transport Secretary Grant Shapps earlier revealed quarantine restrictions for people returning to or visiting England from destinations such as Spain, France, Italy and Germany will be lifted from July 10.

"The guidance will be different for different sectors - clearly the mitigations for a restaurant or a bar will be different to those for a hairdresser".

The UK and Scottish Governments have been at loggerheads this week over the air bridges plan - announced by the Government today.

Speaking at her coronavirus briefing on Friday, Sturgeon said: "When so much is at stake, as it is right now, we can't allow ourselves to be dragged along in the wake of - to be quite frank about it - another government's shambolic decision process".

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At today's Scottish Government briefing she said the prevalence of Covid-19 in Scotland is five times lower than in England and while alignment with the rest of the United Kingdom was desirable and Scotland could sign up to an "air bridge" plan involving countries deemed as low-risk, there would be more of a problem with those labelled medium-risk.

The list of countries that Westminster asked Scotland to sign up to on Thursday was different to that announced on Friday, she added.

"We also want, if possible for obvious practical reasons, to have alignment on these matters with the rest of the United Kingdom".

They had to restrict it just to England after Ms Sturgeon insisted that Scotland would have its own rules.

She said she hoped a decision could be made "quickly".

The UK government's handling of a plan for quarantine-free travel has been branded "shambolic" by Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

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Even if citizens fly out from England, their devolved administrations will require they quarantine on return.

Government sources had suggested there could be some overlap of the nations.

Anyone self-isolating because they have arrived or returned before 10 July will be able to stop from that date. I'm not pointing fingers or trying to blame people for that but we have to make a judgment if we're heading into a period where more people are interacting.

Meanwhile, Derek Provan, chief executive of AGS Airports - which owns Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports - said regional variations will endanger livelihoods.

"While sticking to two metres has clear benefits there are also serious economic implications and an adverse economic impact, we know, can in turn have an effect on people's health and wellbeing".

"And we've been having a discussion with more sectors like retail about reducing distancing, and that increases the importance of mitigations like face coverings".

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"This isn't just about people being able to go on a summer holiday, it's about safely re-establishing the routes that drive trade and investment".

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