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Coronavirus restrictions in Scotland

A stay-at-home instruction has been issued for all of mainland Scotland from midnight on 4th January 2021.

Click and collect

Six measures concerning ‘click and collect’ retail services and other matters are due to take effect from Saturday, January 16.

  1. Click and collect retail services: Click and collect retail services will be limited to only those selling essential items such as clothes, footwear, baby equipment, homeware and books. All others must close. For those still operating, staggered appointments must be made available, and collection cannot take place inside the store.
  2. Takeaways: Customers will no longer be able to enter premises to collect food or coffee. Collection should be made via a serving hatch or doorway.
  3. Consumption of alcohol: It will be against the law to consume alcohol outdoors in public in all Level Four areas. As an example, this means it will not be possible to purchase alcohol from premises and drink it outside.
  4. Working from home: The obligation on employers to allow employees to work from home wherever possible will be strengthened, supported by statutory guidance. In broad terms, people who were working from home during the first national lockdown should work from home now.
  5. Work inside homes: Existing guidance about essential work in private dwellings in Level 4 areas will become law. Work is only permitted where it is essential for the upkeep, maintenance and functioning of a household, not for refurbishment or redecoration.
  6. Leaving the house: Guidance has been updated to clarify that people must not leave or remain outside the home unless for an essential purpose.

 Further information and guidance on the measures can be found on the Scottish Government website.

Stay at home

A stay-at-home instruction has been issued for all of mainland Scotland from midnight on 4th January 2021.

The First Minister recalled Parliament for an urgent statement on the COVID-19 pandemic, after she admitted she was “more concerned now than at any time since March last year.”

Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that the new variant of the virus already accounts for almost half the new cases in Scotland, and she called it a “very serious situation”.

She did confirm that the vaccine roll-out is speeding up and will be our light at the end of the tunnel. But she said that we need to take decisive action now to allow this to be rolled out and stop the spread.

Here is a summary of what she announced:

  • A stay-at-home order will be in place from midnight tonight (4th January 2021) and will become law just as it was in lockdown in March last year. It will only be permissible to leave home for essential reasons.
  • It is important for businesses to ensure staff can work from home, in every case where that is possible. Support is available for businesses.
  • The list of businesses who are now required to close is also growing and will include ski centres.
  • Staff canteens must apply 2 metre distancing (up from the previous 1 metre).
  • There will be no limit on exercise. However, outdoor gatherings are now going to be at a max of 2 people from two households.
  • Those people who were shielding and can’t work at home, are now being told not to go. The Chief Medical officer will be writing to everyone on that list.
  • Places of worship are to close from Friday unless for broadcast.

All of the above will be in place for the month of January, at the earliest. The Scottish Islands in level 3 will remain in that level for the meantime, although it is being closely monitored.

The full detail of what was announced can be found on the Scottish Government website when it is published online.

Schools

The First Minister confirmed that she is extending the school closure until 1st February 2021 soonest. This applies to nursery, primary and secondary schools. Home learning will happen until then, for all pupils expect vulnerable and children of key workers. The process for those families has already been published.

The First Minister said that she was extending closure, with the hope of ensuring that schools are the first to begin to re-open when the time comes.

Changes to council services

As the impact on the delivery of council services becomes clearer over the coming days, further information will be available via the Coronavirus (COVID-19) page.

FACTS 

The five principles behind the FACTS campaign remain a priority:

  • Face coverings
  • Avoid crowded spaces
  • Clean hands and surfaces
  • Two metre distancing
  • Self-isolation if you have symptoms