Scotland bans outdoor consumption of alcohol and non-essential click and collect

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

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

That led the cabinet to agree to new restrictions limiting the possibility of people interacting with one another with the aim of breaking the chain of transmission.

The new rules will come into effect on Saturday.

The First Minister revealed today that click and collect services will be for essential services only, with customers not able to collect food or drink from inside takeaway establishments.

Click and collect, meanwhile, will primarily be limited to essential services such as clothes, homeware, baby equipment and books, with timeslots required for collection.

"For those that are allowed staggered appointments will have to be set up and no inside collections will be permitted".

"But we must reduce as far as is possible the reasons people have just now for leaving home and coming into contact with others".

"It's interesting that they are the very same things that have been discussed by the media in England this week, that they are things that are being talked about behind the scenes in Westminster, like the potential for changing the rules on click and collect, like stopping people from going inside to get a takeaway". At the moment different parts of Scotland have different laws in relation to the consumption of alcohol and outdoor public places.

Drinking alcohol outdoors will also be banned in all Level 4 areas of Scotland, putting an end to the sale of takeaway pints; although the sale of takeaway alcohol by hospitality businesses is still allowed. "Again, I know this is not a popular move but it is meant to underline and support the fact that we should only be leaving home right now for essential purposes".

"We intend to strengthen the obligation on employers to make staff work from home - we will introduce statutory guidance for employers - if they worked from home past year they should be now. We will now put this guidance into law". This is a legal obligation that falls on individuals. The First Minister told MSPs that statutory guidance would now be introduced urging employers to support workers to remain at home "wherever possible". If staff were working from home during the first lockdown, they should be working from home now.

Work in people's houses will now need to be essential, with anything in a private dwelling that isn't "essential for the upkeep, maintenance and functioning of the household" not being permitted.

"It will also bring the wording of this the stay at home regulations in Scotland into line with the other United Kingdom nations". It will make it clear that people must not leave or remain outside the home unless it is for an essential objective.

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

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