Younger Scots should consider how necessary their nights out are, Nicola Sturgeon has said following a rise in coronavirus cases among people aged between 20 and 40.
The First Minister said that of the new positive cases over the last seven days, around half were among people in their 20s and 30s.
Such figures should be a reason for caution, she said, as other parts of the world have also seen infection rates among young people surge.
At a coronavirus briefing on Friday, Ms Sturgeon said “nobody can safely get Covid”, despite the disease causing more fatalities among older people.
Urging people to “stick rigidly” to the latest coronavirus guidance, the First Minister said: “For those activities which we are now allowed to do, like going to pubs indoors. I’d ask you think how necessary these nights out are and how frequently you might want to go on them.”
The rules on indoor meetings apply in pubs and restaurants as well, she said, so people should not be meeting more than two other households at a time.
Ms Sturgeon continued: “I’m not saying absolutely don’t go. But there is a need for all of right now to think about the wisdom of things that we’re doing.
“Just because something is allowed doesn’t mean we should do it as often as we would have done it pre-Covid.”
She suggested people in their 20s consider going to the pub less often, but said it would ultimately come down to “individual judgement”.