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New measures to drive down infection rate

Tuesday September 22nd, 2020

Household restrictions and 10pm closing time for hospitality settings.Nicola Sturgeon

Further measures to protect the population from the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) have been announced by the First Minister today (Tuesday) as Scotland faces an upsurge in cases.

The new restrictions focus on no household visits and a 10pm closing time for all hospitality settings.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said today that this action is necessary in order to prevent a resurgence in community transmission of the virus and the potential for a rapid return to the pressures the NHS experienced earlier in the year.

Measures include:

Inside people’s homes (from tomorrow, Wednesday 23 2020)

Do not meet people from any other households in your home or another person’s home socially, unless they are in your extended household

These rules also apply to children

Children whose parents do not live in the same household can move between homes, as can non-cohabiting couples

Very limited exemptions apply for childcare, and for tradespeople

Private gardens or public outdoors spaces (from tomorrow, Wednesday 23 September 2020)

A maximum of six people from two households can meet in outdoor spaces

You should limit as far as possible the total number of households you meet in a day

Under-12s do not count towards the maximum number of households or number of people who can meet outdoors.

Under-12s do not have to physically distance

A maximum of six 12 to 17 year olds can meet in outdoor spaces, with no household limit. Physical distancing is still required

Indoors in public spaces (from tomorrow, Wednesday September 23 2020)

A maximum of six people from two households can meet in public indoor spaces such as cafes, pubs and restaurants

Children under 12 from those two households do not count towards the limits

Hospitality (from 00:01 Friday 25 September 2020)

Pubs, restaurants and all hospitality settings will be required to close at 10pm

Table service will continue to be required in all hospitality premises

Car sharing

You should only car share with members of your own, or extended, household, and follow guidance when there is no alternative

Working

You must continue to work from home where practicable

These restrictions will be reviewed within three weeks and further guidance will made available where necessary.

Action – and adherence to restrictions – is needed now to safeguard lives, protect from infection and bring the R number down below one.

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