COVID-19: Scotland’s COVID restrictions tightened – here are the six new rules

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Nicola Sturgeon has tightened COVID restrictions in Scotland, laying out six changes which will come into effect on Saturday.

Subject to approval by the Scottish parliament, the rules are:

  • Click and collect services limited to essential shopping such as clothing, baby equipment and books
  • Customers no longer allowed to collect takeaways from inside restaurants – food must be handed over through a hatch or doorway
  • Now against the law to drink alcohol outside in public in all level 4 areas
  • Statutory guidance on working from home – anyone who worked from home during first lockdown should do so again
  • Working within homes now limited to the essential upkeep, maintenance or functioning of the home, by law
  • Scots may only leave home for essential purposes – and may not stay out for other purposes afterwards

It comes as new figures showed 7,074 people have died in Scotland with confirmed or suspected coronavirus since the pandemic began.

Ms Sturgeon said: “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.

“All of this means staying at home except for genuinely essential purposes – including working from home whenever possible.

“Except for essential purposes, do not have people from other households in your house and do not go into theirs.”

Between 4 and 10 January, 384 deaths were registered which mentioned COVID-19 on the death certificate, up 197 on the previous week.

Almost three-quarters (73%) of these deaths in the week to 10 January were people aged 75 and over, and 9% were aged under 65.

By local authority area, the highest number of deaths occurred in North Lanarkshire at 53, followed by Glasgow at 50 and Edinburgh at 34.

The majority of deaths – 251 – were in hospitals, 113 in care homes and 19 at home or in a non-institutional setting.

These figures differ from the lab-confirmed coronavirus deaths announced daily by the Scottish government because the National Records of Scotland figures include suspected or probable cases of coronavirus.

Scotland went into lockdown on 5 January with people only allowed to leave their homes for essential purposes.

All schools have moved to remote learning for the whole of January, except in the case of vulnerable children and those of key workers.

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