NICOLA STURGEON has told universities to draw up plans to return to online learning, as Boris Johnson unshackles England from Covid rules.
The Scottish First Minister contrasted Mr Johnson’s push for freedom by preparing to keep pandemic rules in place indefinitely. An “advice note” sent to higher education institutions by the Scottish government warned “Covid safe behaviours” must continue to be observed.
It said face coverings must continue to be worn, one-way systems imposed and preparations made for a “rapid switch to partial or more general online learning should that be required”.
The fresh guidance was issued after “concern” that students were abandoning face masks and had started to ignore instructions on where to walk.
Covid rates have rapidly dropped in Scotland and across the rest of the UK.