In response to a new strain of the virus, Covid-19 restrictions in Scotland have been increased.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon declared Saturday that from Boxing Day, the Scottish mainland will be in Stage 4 – the hardest step – and the islands will be in Stage 3.
Both non-essential shops and pubs are going to have to close under the toughest restrictions.
After a more transmissible strain of the virus was identified in the UK, the First Minister declared the move, along with a decrease in the time window that Scots are permitted to be indoors on Christmas until Dec. 25.
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The transmission of the news “makes me cry,” Ms. Sturgeon said, “I share the sense of weariness and demoralization about this.”
“If it weren’t for this new burden, I wouldn’t be standing here right now announcing this, because our caseload right now – because of the approach we’ve taken – is actually pretty stable,” she said.
This is a preventive measure because we know that there is a more rapid-transmitting strain out there, so we take preventive steps.
You act quickly and you don’t regret it later, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”Everything we’ve learned about this virus says you do this – you act quickly and you don’t regret it later, and that’s what we’re trying to do.”Everything we’ve learned about this virus says you do this.
The First Minister said she wanted to keep the steps in effect for three weeks from Boxing Day, but the timeline was challenged by opposition politicians.
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Professor Jason Leitch, national clinical officer, told a committee at Holyrood this week that more will need to be done to suppress the current strain.
He said that keeping the reproduction number below 1, adding, “really, really difficult” would be “It would be back in March rather than November.”
With the exception of the children of key workers, the return of face-to-face schooling has been postponed, with classes starting online on January 11 and all schools set to return to physical classes on January 18.
What are the rules under Level 4?
When will there be a review of the Level 4 rules?
After two weeks, the Level 4 limitations will be checked, Ms. Sturgeon said.
Will police patrols be there?
After the prime minister declared tighter constraints on corona viruses, Police Scotland would double its presence along the border with England.
Chief Constable Iain Livingstone said “very visible patrols” will be deployed on the roads to “deter anyone considering breaching the coronavirus travel restrictions.”
He added that setting up checkpoints or roadblocks to strictly enforce the travel restrictions would not be acceptable or proportionate for officials.
“These high-visibility patrols will be proactively deployed on our road networks to continue our operational activities and ensure drivers and vehicles are in a roadworthy condition,” he said.
“The patrols will also deter anyone who might consider violating the coronavirus travel restrictions.”
Without a valid Level 3 or Level 4 exemption, the new regulations mean it is illegal to drive in or out of the council district.
The police have the power to impose fines of £ 60 for violating the law, but if charged within 28 days, they are halved to £ 30.
Can they affect schools?
The Christmas holidays for most pupils will be extended until January 11, according to current plans, while schools will reopen as scheduled for the most vulnerable pupils and children of key employees.
But for at least the first week of the new school year, classes will be offered online, Ms. Sturgeon reported.
“She said, “After that – assuming we are sure that we have the virus under control – we will try to completely reopen schools.
“But at least until Jan. 18, schools will only go online except for the children of key workers and the most vulnerable.”
No in-home socializing
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The total number of people attending a meeting does not count children under 12 from these households.
In groups of up to 6 people at a time, young people aged 12-17 can meet outdoors and are not subject to the two-household cap. There is a need for physical distance.
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