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Advice on safe and enjoyable celebrations

Families and children are being urged to avoid guising this Halloween to minimise the risk of spreading Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Deputy First Minister John Swinney says the move is necessary to ensure people stay within the current restrictions on indoor and outdoor gatherings.

Advice on the Parent Club website suggests ways for families to have a safe Halloween at home including ideas around party games, fancy dress and storytelling.

For Bonfire Night, the advice includes guidelines around group sizes, distancing and FACTS precautions to reduce the temptation for people to hold gatherings and firework displays in their back gardens.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has unveiled increased support for jobs and workers hit by Covid restrictions. Across the UK, the Job Support Scheme, for companies that are allowed to remain open, will no longer require a worker to do at least a third of normally contracted hours. That comes down to a fifth – so it could be one day a week.

Those worked hours are paid by the employer. But for the unworked hours, the UK government has stepped up its funding, requiring the employer to contribute 5%. Previously, that share was a third of unworked hours.

As a result, every worker on the scheme should earn at least 73% of normal earnings.

Scotland has recorded 1,303 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours.

The daily statistics from the Scottish government showed the most affected health boards were Greater Glasgow and Clyde with 437 new cases and Lanarkshire with 341 new cases.

Lothian had 155 infections and Ayrshire and Arran recorded 132 new cases.

The death of one more person who had tested positive for the virus has been registered.

However, register offices are now generally closed at weekends.

The number of new cases represents 19% of newly tested individuals.

The daily update showed that 86 people were in intensive care with recently confirmed Covid-19 on Saturday, that is two more than the previous day. And a total of 1,016 people were in hospital, an increase of 31.

Of the 18,026 new tests carried out that reported results, 7.9% of these were positive.

The death toll under the measure of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days has risen to 2,700.

A new mobile phone app to help reduce the disproportionate number of Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people affected by Covid-19 is being designed by a team of Scottish academics.

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Face coverings in Scotland are now mandatory on public transport and in shops.

Check out the following infographics for the do’s and don’ts.