Scots should prepare for a “digital Christmas” with big family gatherings unlikely to be allowed by December 25, the national clinical director has said.
People are currently banned from mixing with other households indoors in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus.
With case numbers high, it’s unlikely those restrictions will be fully lifted in the short-to-mid term.
Jason Leitch said there was “no question” of a normal Christmas in 2020.
He also warned against large Halloween and Bonfire Night gatherings in the coming weeks.
“Christmas is not going to be normal, there’s absolutely no question about that,” Leitch told BBC radio.
“We’re not going to be in large family groupings with multiple families coming round – that is fiction for this year.
“But I’m hopeful that if we can get the numbers down to a certain level we may get some form of normality.
“But people should get their digital Christmas ready.”