Edinburgh Western MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton today appealed to the First Minister to allow key workers to take a "flexitime" approach to the 5-day lift of restrictions if they are scheduled to work over Christmas, following a constituent getting in touch who will be working on Christmas day.
In response to Mr Cole-Hamilton's questioning, the First Minister said the government "simply have to restrict this as much as possible", stressing that "if we allow different parts of the population to interact at different times we're creating a bigger risk". She went on to say "we cannot design these flexibilities... in a bespoke way".
Alex Cole-Hamilton commented:
"This has been an unfathomably tough year for key workers.
"The people keeping our hospitals, care homes and key services operating all year, and those charged with staffing them on Christmas day itself, still deserve the same break as everybody else.
"I appeal to the government to allow these groups to shift their 5-day break from restrictions if they are required to work over Christmas. This flexitime approach would mean key workers don't miss out. It's the very least we owe them."