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Sturgeon to people of Scotland: Stay home, meet one person, forget shopping. And more

Christian Fernsby |
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today announced six new rules to strengthen the coronavirus lockdown and try to further reduce the spread of the virus.

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Ms Sturgeon told the Scottish Parliament that as from Saturday, nobody who lives in a Level 4 area should leave or remain outside their home except for essential purposes.

When you do leave home, only for essential purposes, you should only meet one person from a different household in a group no bigger than two

Working from home arrangements will be strengthened through updated statutory guidance. Working from home should now be the default position for all businesses and services, and only those who cannot do their job from home should be asked to go to the workplace.

Non-essential click and collect retail services will also be prohibited in Level 4 areas and further changes will be put in place to how services open for essential purposes operate. Timeslots will be required for collection and people should not enter a store to collect an item.

Click and Collect services offered by essential retailers can only continue for:

clothing and footwear stores
homeware stores
garden centres/plant nurseries
baby equipment shops
electrical goods (including repairs)
key cutting and shoe repair shops

Businesses providing takeaway food will also operate on a ‘non-entry’ basis only, meaning customers cannot enter the premises when placing or collecting orders.

Restrictions banning the consumption of alcohol in public places will also be introduced.

The provisions in relation to work in people’s houses have also been tightened, now making it law that only essential work is carried out.

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