Nicola Sturgeon Announces Tighter Lockdown Restrictions For Scotland
Nicola Sturgeon has announced tighter lockdown laws will be introduced in Scotland this week.
The First Minister revealed today that click and collect services will be for essential services only, with customers not able to collect food or drink from inside takeaway establishments.
Shops will only be able to sell essentials, like clothes, baby equipment and books will be able to offer collection.
'Staggered appointments' will be introduced to stop queuing, while drinking alcohol outside in all areas that are in Level 4 is banned. Takeaway alcohol must be consumed at home.
The new regulations will come into force on Saturday, having been announced today (12 January).
The First Minister said: "I know that businesses affected by this change will be disappointed and that many have gone to great lengths to make services as safe as possible.
"But we must reduce as far as is possible the reasons people have just now for leaving home and coming into contact with others.
"I welcome the actions of those businesses that have voluntarily suspended click and collect and tightened their procedures in relation to face coverings."
Takeaway businesses will not be allowed to let people inside and will need to operate via a hatch or doorway in order to stop transmission.
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Laws requiring employees to work from home 'wherever possible' will also be tightened, Nicola Sturgeon said.
Work in people's houses will now need to be essential, with anything in a private dwelling that isn't 'essential for the upkeep, maintenance and functioning of the household' not being permitted.
She added: "We will now put this guidance into law."
Speaking in Holyrood today, she added: "Don't think in terms of the maximum interactions you can have without breaking the rules.
"Think instead about how you minimise your interactions to the bare essentials to remove as many opportunities as possible for the virus to spread.
"In everything you do, assume that the virus is there with you - that either you have it or any person you are in contact with has it - and act in a way that prevents it passing between you."
It comes as Scotland saw another 79 deaths form coronavirus in the last 24 hours. It was confirmed today that there were 1,949 new cases reported overnight, bringing the total to 155,372.
At the moment, 1,794 people are being treated in hospital for the virus, with 134 people remaining in intensive care units.
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