Express.co.uk readers can vote in our poll on whether they understand the SNP leader’s new lockdown slogan. Ms Sturgeon attacked Boris Johnson when he unveiled his “stay alert” message in May, branding it “vague and imprecise”.
The SNP leader refused to drop the previous “stay at home” slogan the four UK nations had been using.
The First Minister said: “I don’t know what ‘stay alert’ means. If you say to me does that mean I stay home or not, I can’t you a straight answer to that and therefore I’m failing in my duty to be clear in terms of what I’m asking you to do.”
But some have pointed out the similarities between Ms Sturgeon’s new slogan “stay safe, protect others, save lives” and the Prime Minister’s message “stay alert, control the virus, save lives”.
Comedian Matt Forde said she was a “genius” for coming up with a “even vaguer” slogan.
Nicola Sturgeon has revealed Scotland’s new coronavirus lockdown slogan is “stay safe”
Express.co.uk readers can vote in our poll on whether they understand the SNP leader’s new lockdown slogan
The comedian and host of the Political Party Podcast wrote on Twitter: “Wonder if we’ll see the same fuss about ‘Stay Safe’ being as confusing as ‘Stay Alert’ was…”
In a later tweet, he added: “A few weeks ago Nicola Sturgeon said she ‘didn’t know what Stay Alert means’.
“Now she’s asking Scotland to ‘Stay Safe’, which is even vaguer. Genius.”
Another Twitter user posted: “Absolutely not having Sturgeon slating Boris a few weeks ago for the slogan Stay Alert only for her to launch her own one today Stay Safe.”
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Ms Sturgeon attacked Boris Johnson when he unveiled his “stay alert” message in May, branding it “vague and imprecise”
One accused Ms Sturgeon of opting for a different message to Mr Johnson “just for the sake of it”.
They tweeted: “Nicola Sturgeon doing something different from the UK Government just for the sake of it and so she doesn’t need to promote the same message as Boris Johnson.
“The FM accuses others of playing politics. Her choosing of ‘Stay Safe’ over ‘Stay Alert’ epitomises petty politics!”
Another Twitter user said: “FM @NicolaSturgeon today launched the Scottish Government’s new ‘Stay Safe. Protect Others. Save Lives’ slogan.
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“That’s the same Nicola Sturgeon that said the UK Government’s ‘Stay Alert. Control the Virus. Save Lives’ was ‘vague and imprecise’.”
One more added: “Sturgeon before, ‘What does stay alert even mean it’s so confusing and meaningless?!’ Sturgeon now, ‘Stay safe’.”
Speaking at the Scottish Government’s coronavirus briefing on Friday, Ms Sturgeon said: “There is no doubt the virus in Scotland is now firmly in retreat.
“That is why the changes to the rules and the guidance I announced yesterday, though significant, were also careful, because we know we have to keep the virus in retreat.
Some have pointed out the similarities between Ms Sturgeon’s new slogan and the Prime Minister’s message
“If we all keep doing the right thing, I am more optimistic than I have been in a long time that we are now firmly on the track to getting normality back into our lives.”
The First Minister also announced a new public awareness campaign called Facts.
She said: “Each letter of that words Facts should serve to remind us all of the key measures we need to comply with.”
The acronym Facts stands for: Face coverings in enclosed spaces, Avoid crowded spaces, Clean your hands and surfaces regularly, Two-metre distancing, Self-isolate and book a test if you have symptoms.
Ms Sturgeon added: “So remember these Facts and that will help all of us stay safe and it will ensure all of us can help protect each other as well.”
Further lockdown changes came into effect as Scotland moved into the second phase of a four-step plan for easing restriction.
The latest changes allow people who live alone or with under-18s to meet another household indoors without social distancing in an “extended household group arrangement” similar to the “support bubbles” in place in England.
People can also now meet in larger groups outside, and other changes allow greater freedom for those who are shielding.