Scotland lockdown: what are the latest Covid rules under the 'stay at home' order?

Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed schools will remain closed to the majority of pupils, as lockdown restrictions in Scotland are extended until at least the middle of February. The First Minister told the Scottish Parliament that Covid-19 case numbers have "stabilised and even declined", but she said any relaxation of lockdown while cases remain high could "quickly send the situation into reverse". Ms Sturgeon told MSPs: "That means that the lockdown restrictions - including the strict stay-at-home requirement - will remain in place across mainland Scotland and some island communities until at least the middle of February." The Island of Barra was placed into a fresh lockdown from midnight on Jan 19; Ms Sturgeon announced after 10 per cent of the island's population had been forced to self-isolate. All Level 4 areas will be remain under lockdown, with the other Isles remaining under the Level 3 restrictions. People have also been told not to enter or leave Scotland unless in exceptional circumstances.  Mainland Scotland was placed into lockdown on Jan 4 to tackle the rising spread of the new coronavirus strain. The measures include a legally-enforceable stay-at-home order.  On Jan 16, the First Minister tightened rules further by banning click-and-collect services, apart from those which serve essentials, such as clothing, baby equipment and books. The new rules mean stores must provide staggered appointment times to prevent customer contact.  In addition, takeaway food and hot drinks can only be served outside of a building, such as through a doorway or a serving hatch, and a ban has been placed on alcohol consumption in public in Level 4 areas, including those purchased at takeaway services.  Guidance previously issued to only allow essential work to be undertaken inside people's homes has also been placed into law, with the First Minister stating that you should be working from home if you were doing so during the first lockdown last year.   In an address to the Scottish Parliament in Jan 13, the Nicola Sturgeon stated that "case numbers are still so high and the new variant is so infectious that we must be as tough and as effective as possible", with the new variant that makes up 60 pc of all new cases being recorded in recent weeks.  Scenes from Edinburgh's Royal Mile, as the city and Scotland is in a complete lockdown Credit: Euan Cherry Scotland also recorded its highest death figure from coronavirus since May in the week ending Jan 10. On Jan 16, Scotland began a mass vaccination programme, which would vaccinate 5,000 health and social care workers in Glasgow's NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital. The rollout will see as many as 500 doses of the Pfizer vaccine administered every hour, from 8.45 am to 7.30 pm.  As of Jan 27, first doses have been administered to 462,092 people in Scotland, with the over-80s and front-line care workers set to gain the first dose by mid-February. Eighty percent of care home residents in Scotland have received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, Nicola Sturgeon said on Jan 19. Three million people in Scotland, the majority of the adult population, will have received their first dose of the vaccine by early May, the First Minister told MSPs.  "That means that in around three months' time, around three million people in total will have received at least the first dose of the vaccine - this is, of course, the majority of the adult population and includes everyone over the age of 50, and many younger people with an underlying health condition," she said. "The rest of the adult population will follow after that just as quickly as supplies allow." New guidance for those shielding has also been introduced. If you are shielding but cannot work from home, do not go to work - the Chief Medicial Officer will write to all that this applies to which will act as a doctors note. Schools are to shut until Feb 1, with online lessons currently taking place. Can I travel to Scotland? Under the current lockdown rules in England, travelling outside of the country will not be allowed until at least mid-February.  Under Scottish regulations, you must not travel between Scotland and the rest of the UK unless you have a reasonable excuse, such as for work, education or essential shopping. Other exceptions include travel for healthcare, childcare or shared parenting, and a full list can be found on the Scottish Government website. International travel is also banned, except for work purposes. The Government has introduced entry testing to travellers from abroad, meaning that anyone coming into the country must provide evidence of a negative Covid test from up to 72 hours before entering the country.  These measures, which came into force on Jan 18, are part of a significant toughening of border controls, similar to those in the EU, as the Government attempts to control the rapid rise of Covid cases in the country. The passenger must take a PCR, LAMP or antigen test and obtain a n

Scotland lockdown: what are the latest Covid rules under the 'stay at home' order?

Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed schools will remain closed to the majority of pupils, as lockdown restrictions in Scotland are extended until at least the middle of February.

The First Minister told the Scottish Parliament that Covid-19 case numbers have "stabilised and even declined", but she said any relaxation of lockdown while cases remain high could "quickly send the situation into reverse".

Ms Sturgeon told MSPs: "That means that the lockdown restrictions - including the strict stay-at-home requirement - will remain in place across mainland Scotland and some island communities until at least the middle of February."

The Island of Barra was placed into a fresh lockdown from midnight on Jan 19; Ms Sturgeon announced after 10 per cent of the island's population had been forced to self-isolate.

All Level 4 areas will be remain under lockdown, with the other Isles remaining under the Level 3 restrictions. People have also been told not to enter or leave Scotland unless in exceptional circumstances. 

Mainland Scotland was placed into lockdown on Jan 4 to tackle the rising spread of the new coronavirus strain. The measures include a legally-enforceable stay-at-home order. 

On Jan 16, the First Minister tightened rules further by banning click-and-collect services, apart from those which serve essentials, such as clothing, baby equipment and books. The new rules mean stores must provide staggered appointment times to prevent customer contact. 

In addition, takeaway food and hot drinks can only be served outside of a building, such as through a doorway or a serving hatch, and a ban has been placed on alcohol consumption in public in Level 4 areas, including those purchased at takeaway services. 

Guidance previously issued to only allow essential work to be undertaken inside people's homes has also been placed into law, with the First Minister stating that you should be working from home if you were doing so during the first lockdown last year.  

In an address to the Scottish Parliament in Jan 13, the Nicola Sturgeon stated that "case numbers are still so high and the new variant is so infectious that we must be as tough and as effective as possible", with the new variant that makes up 60 pc of all new cases being recorded in recent weeks. 

Scenes from Edinburgh's Royal Mile, as the city and Scotland is in a complete lockdown Credit: Euan Cherry

Scotland also recorded its highest death figure from coronavirus since May in the week ending Jan 10.

On Jan 16, Scotland began a mass vaccination programme, which would vaccinate 5,000 health and social care workers in Glasgow's NHS Louisa Jordan Hospital. The rollout will see as many as 500 doses of the Pfizer vaccine administered every hour, from 8.45 am to 7.30 pm. 

As of Jan 27, first doses have been administered to 462,092 people in Scotland, with the over-80s and front-line care workers set to gain the first dose by mid-February.

Eighty percent of care home residents in Scotland have received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, Nicola Sturgeon said on Jan 19.

Three million people in Scotland, the majority of the adult population, will have received their first dose of the vaccine by early May, the First Minister told MSPs. 

"That means that in around three months' time, around three million people in total will have received at least the first dose of the vaccine - this is, of course, the majority of the adult population and includes everyone over the age of 50, and many younger people with an underlying health condition," she said.

"The rest of the adult population will follow after that just as quickly as supplies allow."

New guidance for those shielding has also been introduced. If you are shielding but cannot work from home, do not go to work - the Chief Medicial Officer will write to all that this applies to which will act as a doctors note.

Schools are to shut until Feb 1, with online lessons currently taking place.

Can I travel to Scotland?

Under the current lockdown rules in England, travelling outside of the country will not be allowed until at least mid-February. 

Under Scottish regulations, you must not travel between Scotland and the rest of the UK unless you have a reasonable excuse, such as for work, education or essential shopping.

Other exceptions include travel for healthcare, childcare or shared parenting, and a full list can be found on the Scottish Government website.

International travel is also banned, except for work purposes.

The Government has introduced entry testing to travellers from abroad, meaning that anyone coming into the country must provide evidence of a negative Covid test from up to 72 hours before entering the country. 

These measures, which came into force on Jan 18, are part of a significant toughening of border controls, similar to those in the EU, as the Government attempts to control the rapid rise of Covid cases in the country.

The passenger must take a PCR, LAMP or antigen test and obtain a negative result in order to enter the country. All travel corridors have been suspended, so all travellers, except hauliers, must isolate for 10 days upon arrival into the UK.