The R number is now estimated to be over 1.4 in Scotland. This is the rate of transmission which means that one infected person will pass the virus on to more than one person and so on. This rapid rise in infections has meant the following updates have taken place:
Schools to remain open
NHS paused services to progress towards restarting.
Businesses to remain open and trading to continue.
All those who can work from home should do so.
Reinforced public messaging on the importance of FACTS , hand washing and personal hygiene.
- Support package for those having to self isolate.
Self isolation applies to – those with symptoms awaiting a test result, those with a positive test result – and including members of their households & close contacts
Financial support for those on low incomes – £500. – to be announced
Strict nationwide curfew of 10pm for pubs, bars and restaurants – from Friday 25th September with increased inspection and enforcement
Household gatherings –
No household gatherings within homes with the following exceptions –
- people who live alone
- single parent/carer with children – includes those who formed extended household
- couples in non-cohabiting relationships
- informal childcare – i.e. with grandparents
- trades people
Public Indoor Spaces – rules unchanged – you can meet with one other household only and in groups of no more than 6 people
Households outdoors – You can meet with one other household in groups of up to 6 people outdoors, including in private gardens. Children under 12 – exempt both from the limit of six and the limit of two households.
No limits on children under 12 to play together outdoors.
Outdoors only – young people aged 12 to 18 will be exempt from the two household limit – they will be able to meet together outdoors in groups of up to six,
Car sharing with people outside your own household – advised against
Overseas Travel – non essential overseas travel for holidays etc – advised against.
People in the shielded category – to follow the same guidance and rules as other members of the public.
The above rules and guidance will be reviewed in 3 weeks.
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