Nicola Sturgeon has told Scottish families not to book overseas holidays for October half term, as the nationwide shutdown begins. 

“Please think of the October break as an opportunity to further limit social interaction,” she urged in Tuesday afternoon’s Scottish Parliament address.

“And, given that this is a global pandemic, please do not book travel overseas for the October break if it is not essential.”

Though Scotland’s borders remain open, and the First Minister’s comments are not enshrined in law, tourism businesses have warned the remarks are a “nail in the coffin” for the “entire” travel sector. 

Mike Tibbert, vice president of the Scottish Passenger Agents Association, issued a damning statement in response to Sturgeon’s plea: “We seem to have government announcements actively designed to destroy travel jobs and the whole industry,” he said.

“Without immediate and targeted stimulus for the travel sector, Scotland will lose its global connectivity as airlines cut routes.

“It’s no idle warning. It is probable, that loss of connections would cause irreversible long-term damage to our whole economy.”

And the question remains: will holidaymakers across England, Wales and Northern Ireland be urged to cease travelling too?

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