At 6 o’clock p.m. Today, in much of the world, new travel restrictions are coming into force, impacting millions of Scots who are now barred from leaving their local authority area.
The Scottish government released guidelines explaining how those living in a Level 3 or 4 community area “nonsensical” after calling the new coronavirus rules “are now required to remain in that area unless they have a reasonable excuse to travel.” and leaving many Scots confused.
Laws called “nonsensical” as bulkheads are banned from airports but not from overseas flights.
Those found breaching the new regulations face a fine of £ 30, rising to £ 60 if not paid within 28 days.
Here’s what you need to hear about the new travel restrictions coming into effect this evening.
What is a “reasonable excuse” for commuting?
Reasons such as traveling to and from work when you can’t work from home, traveling for education and “necessary shopping” are listed as “reasonable.” in a list released by the Scottish government.
Exceptions published under “legal issues” for the travel ban.
The following include these:
Travel for work or voluntary or charitable services, but only if it is not possible to do this from home.
Where instruction is not delivered remotely, travel to school, college, or university.
For sports below the age of 18 (travel to and from Level 3 regions, but not Level 4).
You can use online shopping or shops, banks, and other facilities in your community area whenever you can – Travel for required shopping only if it is not feasible in your community area.
Health care travel, support services, child care and other important services, including recycling, but only if not available in your local area.
Travel to care for a person in need or help them.
Travel to visit or accompany a pregnant woman, vulnerable person or infant to a medical appointment for a person being treated in a hospital, living in a hospice or nursing home.
Co-parent travel or travel between the two components of an extended household.
Travel to comply with a legal requirement, like attending or meeting bail terms at a court appearance, or to attend a court proceeding.
For animal health purposes, such as feeding a horse or visiting a doctor.
Local casual outdoor activities that start and finish at the same spot, such as hiking, biking, golfing, or running (in groups of up to 6 people from no more than 2 households).
Local rides (within about 5 miles of your community area) to an outdoor workout spot.
Wedding tours, registration for civil unions, funerals, and other “life events” (e.g., bar mitzvahs and baptisms).
If you are a leader of the priesthood or worship, drive to your worship spot.
(In or out of areas of level 3, but not areas of level 4) Move to your usual place of worship.
Traveling to a Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service collection appointment to donate blood.
If your trip starts and ends outside such an area, travel through Level 3 and Level 4 areas by car or public transport.
Traveling for relocation.
To prevent injury or illness or to escape risk, fly.
How do they apply the rules?
Travel limits are now legally enforceable – which ensures that the police will distribute £ 30 fines to anyone found breaching the laws.
If not charged within 28 days, the amount will escalate to £ 60, and repeat offenders can face fines of up to £ 960.
Police will impose travel restrictions in areas of Tier 3 and 4
However, Police Scotland has said there will be no road closures or routine vehicle checks, and has asked that people continue to take the new restrictions in their stride, but asks that they take “personal responsibility.”
What is transportation by public transport?
Public transport will continue to function as “normal,” when driving, following the rules for face masks and social distancing.
People in the restricted areas, however, have again been asked to limit their trips to