Covid in Scotland: Household visits now banned
Indoor visits between households in Scotland are now banned until further notice.
Exactly six months since the country was first put into lockdown in March, Scots are once again not allowed to welcome anyone else into their homes.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon urged people in Scotland to comply from Wednesday, with enforcement being introduced on Friday.
Exemptions are in place for certain groups of people.
Those living alone who form extended households, couples not living together and those who need childcare and tradespeople do not have to observe the indoor visiting restriction.
The decision to limit interaction between households was based on evidence from the Test and Protect operation that indicated this was the main way the virus was spreading.
The measure was already in place for more than 1.75 million people in Glasgow and some neighbouring local authority areas where local lockdown restrictions began earlier this month.
Now it has been extended across the whole of Scotland in a bid to get the virus under control before winter. Restrictions will be reviewed every three weeks.
Ms Sturgeon told the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday that social interaction between different households was a key driver of transmission and such restrictions were the best way of bringing down the R-number.
Later, in a televised address to the nation, she said: "By staying out of other people's houses for now, we give ourselves the best chance of bringing Covid back under control."
The new rules
Do not meet people from any other households in your home or another person's home socially, unless they are in your extended household. These rules also apply to children
Children whose parents do not live in the same household can move between homes, as can non-cohabiting couples
Very limited exemptions apply for childcare, and for tradespeople
A maximum of six people from two households can meet in outdoor spaces
You should limit as far as possible the total number of households you meet in a day
Under-12s do not count towards the maximum number of households or number of people who can meet outdoors. Under-12s do not have to physically distance
A maximum of six 12 to 17 year olds can meet in outdoor spaces, with no household limit. Physical distancing is still required
Indoor public spaces
A maximum of six people from two households can meet in public indoor spaces such as cafes, pubs and restaurants, subject to physical distancing rules.
Children under 12 from those two households do not count towards the limits
Indoor and outdoor gatherings in Scotland were restricted to six people from two households just two weeks ago.
However, the number of people testing positive for the virus has continued to increase since then.
The 383 new cases confirmed on Tuesday was the highest daily total since 15 April, and the sixth highest since the outbreak began in Scotland.
The first minister said hospital and intensive care admissions were also starting to rise, with more older people testiRead More – Source[contf] [contfnew]