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FM urges Scots to avoid Covid hotspot Blackpool

Nicola Sturgeon is advising Scots to give the famous Blackpool Tower a miss

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has urged Scots, including Old Firm fans, not to travel to traditional autumn destinations such as Blackpool this weekend.

At least 180 people in Scotland who tested positive for coronavirus in the last month reported taking a trip to Blackpool.

There is particular concern that Celtic and Rangers fans intend to travel to Blackpool to watch the weekend’s Old Firm match in pubs on Saturday because of the closure of bars in Glasgow.

“It is important right now to restrict travel as much as we can,” she said at her daily briefing.

Ms Sturgeon said a separate incident team had been set up to deal with people who had travelled to the Lancashire resort.

Mrs Sturgeon said: “I need to advise you that trips to Blackpool are now associated with a large and growing number of COVID cases in Scotland.”

She has backed calls from the Welsh government for a ban on movement from areas with coronavirus outbreaks.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said the move was needed “to prevent the spread of infection within Wales and to other areas of the UK”.

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