COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS: IMPORTANT CHANGES
22 September 2020
Posted by: Alasdair Smith
The Scottish Government has announced today, Tuesday 22 september 2020, new measures to help combat the spread of Coronavirus/COVID-19. These were announced shortly after Prime Minister, Boris Johnston, announced additional restrictive measures to take effect in England.
Scotland's First Minister, Nichola Sturgeon, confirmed these measures will be reviewed in 3 weeks time, however they are likely to be in place for a longer period.
She further advised that the previously advised date for review of the Route Map out of restrictions, scheduled for 5th October, will not now likely proceed.
She confirmed the priority was to:
- ensure education could continue in schools, colleges and universities
- routine health provision could be restored to normal levels
- protect jobs and the economy from the damaging effects of a second full lockdown.
The changes announced today for Scotland are:
Work from Home
All those who CAN work from home MUST work from home. If necessary, the Scottish Government will consider legal moves to ensure employers support their staff with this.
Remember the "FACTS"
Reinforcement of the "FACTS" message will be circulated widely across traditional and social media.
Additional support for those required to self isolate:
- raising awareness of the importance of self-isolation
- working with Local Authorities to ensure those asked to self-isolated are contacted and provided with practical support such as delivery of groceries, and;
- payments for those in greatest financial need during self-isolation.
Hospitality Businesses: Curfew
All hospitality businesses will, from Friday 25th September, need to close by 10PM. Additonally, rules on hygiene, face coverings, social distancing will be more actively monitored and enforced if required.
Table service only.
From tomorrow, Wednesday 23rd September, no household gatherings are permitted in private accomodation. Evidence to date from this restriction currently in place in the West of Scotland shows this has a positive impact on reducing the rate of transmission.
A maximum of six people from no more than two households may meet in a private gardens, subject to maintaining safe distancing.
Gathering in Public Spaces
Rules remain as before - ie no more than six people from a maximum of two households may meet in indoor or outdoor public spaces
Children under 12 are exempt from the "rule of six/two households rule".
Young people aged 12 yrs to 18 years are exempt from the two households rule but remain subject to the rule of six.