The First Minister said on Monday that images showing the apparent lack of social distancing at packed pubs “made me want to cry”. She warned a cluster of new cases in Aberdeen is “exactly what we feared when we reopened hospitality”. But appearing on ITV Good Morning Britain, Emily Hewertson blasted Nicola Sturgeon’s apparent message to younger people enjoying the easing of lockdown restrictions in Scotland.

The young commentator blasted: “Do you want to know what makes me cry?

“All the jobs opportunities that young people are’t going to be able to get because of COVID.

“I think young people really have the bad end of the deal here.

“A lot of grads can’t get jobs now and are having for fork out of master’s.

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“I think young people are in a really difficult position and at the end of the day, only two percent of COVID deaths came from people under 50.

“And a lot of those deaths were people who had underlying health conditions.”

The First Minister has repeatedly warned Scots the move to the final phase could take longer and said on Monday that phase three will continue for the “foreseeable future”.

Speaking at the Scottish Government’s coronavirus briefing in Edinburgh on Monday, she said: “One of the criteria we’ve got to satisfy ourselves of to go into phase four is that the judgment is that this virus no longer presents a significant threat to public health and we’re not there yet right now.

Despite saying there will be no wholesale move to phase four, the First Minister announced a number of indicative dates for the easing of some restrictions.

If the virus continues to be suppressed , outdoor mass gatherings and contact sports, funfairs, amusement arcades, bingo halls and pool halls will be allowed to reopen on August 24, along with the resumption of driving lessons.

On September 14, gyms, swimming pools, indoor live events, sports stadiums and indoor sports courts will be able to begin again.


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