Fri 25 Sep, 2020

It’s clear the Scottish Government wasn’t ready for this, despite the warnings, and sowing confusion only makes it worse. Students must be supported to isolate comfortably and safely, not be effectively locked up. Patrick Harvie

Scottish Greens have called for clarity around guidance for students, after the Universities Minister gave mixed messages in a Good Morning Scotland interview.

On radio, Richard Lochhead said he expected universities to be pragmatic when students are not coping and need to go home, but also reminded listeners that students could not mix with other households, even if that is the parental home they have just left.

Commenting, Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie said: “Students have been unfairly given separate rules from the rest of the population and in some cases effectively locked up in their student halls.

“Giving them mixed messages about what they can and can’t do really doesn’t help. It’s clear the Scottish Government wasn’t ready for this, despite the warnings, and sowing confusion only makes it worse. Students must be supported to isolate comfortably and safely, not be effectively locked up. The Scottish Government must clarify the guidance quickly, and give students an answer about whether it's both lawful and safe for them to return home to isolate.”

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