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Scottish Government's new stay at home guidance
Created: 07/01/2021, Updated: 13/01/2021
The Scottish Government has published guidance on new stay at home regulations coming into effect on 05 January 2021.
To minimise the risk of spreading the virus, you must stay at home as much as possible. By law, in a level 4 area, you can only leave your home (or garden) for an essential purpose. Find out more here.
Update: On 13 January 2021, further strengthening of lockdown restrictions were announced by the First Minister to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and limit non-essential contact
The Scottish Government states that nobody who lives in a Level 4 area should leave or remain outside their home except for essential purposes.
Working from home arrangements will be strengthened through updated statutory guidance. Working from home should now be the default position for all businesses and services, and only those who cannot do their job from home should be asked to go to the workplace.
From Saturday 16 January 2021, non-essential click and collect retail services will be prohibited in Level 4 areas and further changes will be put in place to how services open for essential purposes operate. Timeslots will be required for collection and people should not enter a store to collect an item. Businesses providing takeaway food will also operate on a ‘non-entry’ basis only, meaning customers cannot enter the premises when placing or collecting orders.
Restrictions banning the consumption of alcohol in public places will also be introduced from this date.