First minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that Scotland will be implementing similar Coronavirus restrictions following England’s constriction’s put in place.
The first minister set out before Parliament this afternoon that these new restrictions are here to keep Scotland safe, calling them ‘tough’.
Presenting the restrictions in Parliament she said: “They do not represent a full scale lockdown of the kind imposed in March.
“Indeed, on the contrary, these measures have been put in place to avoid the need for another lockdown.”
Later in her announcement Mrs Sturgeon laid out new restrictions and the reemergence of prior recommendations which the government is issuing.
The following is a summary of these new rules:
First, people in Scotland are not allowed to visit other households indoors anymore, however, no more than six people of two households may meet outdoors.
However, children under the age of 12 meeting outdoors are exempt from the six people and two households rules.
In addition, Scotland will be following England in implementing a curfew on pubs, bars and restaurants after 10pm.
The first minister is also encouraging those who can work form home to work from home again citing data suggesting prolonged exposure to people indoors as a high risk factor.
This is also met with the encouragement of self-isolation for people identified in the at-risk category who will be supported by the government again with assistance with activities such as food shopping.
While advising that those traveling by sharing a car are discouraged from doing so since this is understood to be another risk in consideration to COVID-19.
Alongside these measures, the government will be reminding the public the importance of hygiene and working closer with local authorities in enforcing these restrictions.
For instance pubs, bars and restaurants could be closed down if they are found operating outside of the limitations put in place.
£500 support will be available for low income families who are struggling with the challenges the crisis is imposing on them.
The decisions made by the government come as Nicola Sturgeon says the virus is ‘rising faster than we can be careful with.’
Now the R number, which represents the number of secondary infections from one person, could have risen as much as 1.4 according to her.
Mrs Sturgeon finished by reminding Scots to be vigilant with their hygiene when washing their hands and wearing face masks in crowded and public places.
And to download the NHS test and trace app which anonymously alerts individuals when they have been in contact with someone who tested positive with COVID-19.https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/the-nhs-app/