As SNP chief, Ms Sturgeon has travelled the nation in assist of her get together’s candidates and talking – in a socially distanced method – to voters.
However as First Minister she has additionally been the person accountable for the Scottish Authorities’s ongoing efforts to deal with coronavirus.
Describing the run-up to the 2021 vote as “very, very completely different”, Ms Sturgeon mentioned: “Usually throughout an election marketing campaign the enterprise of presidency just about stops, other than important issues.
“That may be very completely different as a result of there’s one piece of important enterprise which may’t simply cease, which is the response to Covid.
“So each day simply now I’m not simply on the marketing campaign path, I’m having to pay attention and give attention to Covid information, and the choices the Government is having to take and ensuring I proceed to supervise the Authorities response to Covid.”
Social distancing necessities and different Covid rules imply that “on a really sensible degree, the marketing campaign for me feels completely different to the 2016 marketing campaign”, Ms Sturgeon added.
She mentioned Covid-19 makes it harder to “actually interact correctly with individuals, to press the flesh and chap doorways and do all of the issues I actually get pleasure from doing”.
She recalled being out in her Glasgow Southside constituency early within the marketing campaign, earlier than politicians have been allowed to talk to voters on the doorstep.
The SNP chief mentioned: “I used to be in my very own constituency doing a little bit of leafletting in the course of the day, and it struck me that in a traditional marketing campaign I might have been out at the moment of the day chapping doorways, and no person would have been in, as a result of all people would have been at work.
“Whereas final week I may see all people by means of the home windows however I couldn’t chap any of those doorways, it was actually irritating.”
When she has been out and about on the marketing campaign path, she has been cautious to maintain her distance as a lot as doable from voters who wish to communicate to her.
Ms Sturgeon mentioned: “It feels completely different and I want, actually want, we may be campaigning within the regular method, however it’s what it’s and we’ve to search out other ways of participating.”