It has just been announced that Scotland will return to a full lockdown (14:06pm).
Ms Sturgeon said Scotland was now in “a race between the vaccine and the virus…”The Scottish government will do everything we can to speed up distribution of the vaccine, but all of us must do everything we can to slow down the spread of the virus.
“We can already see – by looking at infection rates in the south of England – some of what could happen here in Scotland. To prevent that, we need to act immediately and firmly.”
It is thought that the Economy Secretary will make a further announcement today on support for businesses – in the meantime you can check https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/coronavirus-advice for updates.
Below is what we know at this stage, we will continue to update you as new guidance for Scotland is published at https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/
- The advice to stay at home will become a legal, mandatory requirement. People will only be allowed to leave home if they have a reasonable excuse and they should work from home if they can.
- From tomorrow only a maximum of two people, from two households, will be able to meet outdoors. Children aged 11 and under will not be included.
- Schools will be closed for the majority of pupils until 1st February, however, there will be exemptions for the children of key workers and vulnerable children.
- Non-essential travel in and out of Scotland will not be allowed.
- New guidance will be issued to people who have had to shield. They should stay at home, and they will all get a letter telling them this.
- From Friday places of worship will have to close.
- Up to 20 people will be allowed to attend a funeral, but wakes will not be allowed in January.
- Workplace canteens will have to enforce the 2-metre rule again; the 1-metre exemption will no longer be allowed.
These rules will apply across the Scottish mainland until at least the end of January and will be kept under review. Island areas will remain in level three – however, Ms Sturgeon said they would be monitored carefully.