As quarantine regulations come into force today (Monday) TSSA leader Manuel Cortes blasted the SNP for "waiting to follow the Tories' lead" rather than making the call sooner.
The new managed quarantine rules which come into place from today require travellers to quarantine in a hotel for ten days at a personal cost of £1750 per person.
Cortes said “The SNP always say that they want Scotland to set its own rules and make its own decisions, but the truth is they just end up waiting to follow the Tories’ lead.
“Nicola Sturgeon has had the capability to set Scotland’s quarantine rules since last March – and we’ve seen that she was happy to do that when it came to closing the border with England. But when it comes to making decisions that might hurt her popularity like forcing people to quarantine in a hotel all she does is copy the Tories.
“Australia has had hotel quarantine rules in place since March 2020, and have successfully kept down infection rates as a result. Only 909 people have died in the country since the pandemic began. Yet the SNP have waited until now to bring similar rules in, and 8,726 people in Scotland have sadly died as a result.
“Nicola Sturgeon has never been shy of using the Scottish government’s response to Coronavirus as a weapon in her campaign for independence. The truth is that she and her lackeys in the SNP lack the guts to make the hard decisions needed to protect Scottish people from this dreadful virus.
Stats taken from these two sites at 19:12 14/02/2021
In Scotland, in the week ending 7 February alone, 374 deaths were registered where COVID-19 was on the death certificate - more than a third of Australia's total Covid-19 deaths since March 2020.