Talks scheduled

Sturgeon says pubs may shut if PM offers new support

Nicola Sturgeon

Nicola Sturgeon is calling for more funds

Nicola Sturgeon says some pubs and nightclubs may be shut if the Prime Minister agrees to reintroduce furlough payments.

In a telephone call the two leaders agreed that the current situation represents a “significant threat” to health and to the economy and will continue talks over the weekend.

She later said that she would consider imposing restrictions on “high-risk venues”, especially those without ventilation, if Downing Street agreed to a new round of compensation for business.

“I don’t want to be restricting or closing down anywhere, but I can’t magic away this virus,” she said. “I know what we need to do to curtail its spread and I know what I need to encourage others to do.”

Her comments came amid reports that plans are being drawn up for a two-week circuit breaker after Christmas with a ban on indoor mixing.

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