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New powers for Scottish Police announced.

This means that the Scottish Government now has the power to make regulations to enforce the social distancing measures that we announced on Monday.

We are now preparing regulations to give police in Scotland enforcement powers. Colleagues in the UK Government are working to do the same and we expect these regulations to be in force as soon as possible, perhaps as early as today.

The regulations give us the power to enforce rules which most people are now following anyway. I thank people across the country for their compliance.

Where necessary, the regulations will require the closure of listed businesses and premises, and will help to ensure social distancing is enforced by those businesses and premises which are able to continue operating.

The regulations will also provide enforcement powers for the police, and, where appropriate, for people designated by local authorities.

They will help to enforce the rule that there should be no public gatherings of more than two people, except where those people are from the same household, or in other limited circumstances such as responding to an emergency or work related purposes where that is genuinely essential.

Read the full brief here.


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