FULTON MACGREGOR MSP BACKS CALLS FOR TIGHTER CONTROLS ON FIREWORKS

Local SNP MSP for Coatbridge & Chryston, Fulton MacGregor, has welcomed calls for a fundamental shift in the way fireworks are bought and sold in Scotland.

The independent Firework Review Group, established by the Scottish Government, has called for the introduction of no firework zones and tighter restrictions on the use of fireworks to help tackle anti-social behaviour at this time of year.  

The group, chaired by former Chief Fire Officer Alasdair Hay, also recommended:

• the introduction of mandatory conditions when fireworks are purchased from retailers

• restricting the times of day fireworks can be sold and volume of fireworks that can be purchased at any one time

• restricting the days and times fireworks can be set off

• the creation of a proxy purchasing offence to prevent adults from buying fireworks on behalf of those under the age of 18

Welcoming the recommendations, SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor said:

“Here in Coatbridge & Chryston, and right across Scotland, there is widespread public support to crack down on the negative impact of anti-social firework use.

“This SNP Government is determined to make these recommendations a reality and help keep our local communities safe from the harmful use of fireworks.  

“Tomorrow is Bonfire Night, and I would ask those who plan on using fireworks to do so responsibly and be mindful of their neighbours – the noise of fireworks can have a real impact on those with sensory issues, on pets and on livestock. Stay safe.”

Chair of the Review Group and former Chief Fire Officer, Alasdair Hay, said:

“I am pleased to set out the recommendations from the Firework Review Group.  We have carefully considered the available evidence and believe a step change is needed in how fireworks are accessed and used by the general public.

“This is not to prevent adults using fireworks sensibly and safely – rather, to ensure all safety requirements are fully understood and adhered to, and the impact on others has been fully considered.”

“GAME-CHANGER” SCOTTISH CHILD PAYMENT OPENS EARLY FOR APPLICATIONS

SNP TACKLING CHILD POVERTY WHILE TORIES DUCK RESPONSIBILITIES

The new Scottish Child Payment – which has been described as a “game-changer” in the fight to tackle child poverty – will open early for applications this month.

MSP Fulton MacGregor has encouraged parents and carers in Coatbridge & Chryston who are eligible to apply now so that the Scottish Government can process and start making payments as quickly as possible once the benefit starts in February next year.

The SNP Government has prioritised the early introduction of the new benefit, which will provide eligible families on low incomes with a child under 6, an extra £10 per week for each child. 

Latest figures estimate that 194,000 children aged under-6 in Scotland will be eligible for the new Scottish Child Payment – with over 13,000 children set to benefit in North Lanarkshire.

MSP for Coatbridge & Chryston, Fulton MacGregor said: 

“The Scottish Child Payment is an ambitious, game-changing new benefit which will directly tackle child poverty in Coatbridge & Chryston and across Scotland. 

“This support is needed more than ever, and it’s early introduction for under 6s – almost two years ahead of the original commitment for a new payment – will be a lifeline for so many families in North Lanarkshire.

“While the SNP does everything it can to tackle poverty, the Tories at Westminster are still helplessly trying to defend their shameless decision to deprive children of free school meals over the holidays. 

“Children and families simply shouldn’t have to depend on the whim of Boris Johnson’s callous Tory government to get through this Covid-19 crisis. 

“This benefit will be a lifeline for many children, young people and their families in [Area]. I’d encourage anyone who is eligible to apply as soon as possible.”

COVID PROTECTION LEVEL: 3

The assessment of what level of protection should be applied to each local authority is broadly based on an analysis of five key indicators:

  • number of positive COVID-19 cases per hundred thousand people over the last week
  • percentage of positive tests
  • forecast for new cases in the weeks ahead
  • capacity of local hospitals
  • capacity of local intensive care facilities

Socialising

We will not ask you to distance from people within your own homes or to stop taking outdoor exercise.
  • no in-home socialising  (limited exceptions)
  • outdoors and in public places, e.g. hospitality settings – 6 people from up to 2 households
  • different rules apply to children – more information available soon

Hospitality (food and drink)

  • eating and drinking while seated at tables is required at all levels
  • takeaways permitted for alcohol and food at all levels, as per existing arrangements
  • exceptions (e.g., hospitals, schools, student accommodation, airside premises, and hotel room service and meals for residents) apply at all levels

See a PDF table of the hospitality measures across all levels.

Indoors (restaurants, cafes, bars, public houses)

  • No alcohol
  • 17:00 last entry
  • 18:00 closed

Outdoors (restaurants, cafes, bars, public houses)

  • No alcohol
  • 17:00 last entry
  • 18:00 closed

Accommodation (hotels, B&Bs, self-catering, caravan and camp sites)

  • open – socialising and hospitality rules apply
  • guidance advises non-essential (leisure/tourism) use only by locals
  • essential, e.g. work-related  use can continue

Travel

  • no non-essential travel into or out of the level 3 area
  • exemptions for essential travel for work, education, shopping health etc; outdoor exercise; weddings and funerals; shared parenting, and transit through restricted areas
  • international quarantine regulations apply

Transport

  • Active travel (walk, run, cycle, wheel) where possible
  • Avoid car sharing with people outside extended household wherever possibl
  • Avoid non-essential use of public transport
  • face coverings are compulsory on public transport

Shopping

  • Open

Close contact services – e.g. hairdressers, barbers, tailors and beauticians

  • Open, but may be subject to additional protective measures
  • See guidance on which mobile close contact services are permitted

Public buildings – e.g. libraries

  • open (with protective measures)

Stadia and events

  • events not permitted                                                       
  • stadia closed to spectators

Places of worship

  • open – restricted numbers (50)

Life events (weddings, and civil partnerships, funerals)

  • Weddings/ civil partnerships – 20 person limit
  • Funerals – 20 person limit
  • Wakes and receptions permitted, subject to 20 person limit

ELC / formal childcare

  • Open –  with enhanced protective measures in place

Informal childcare

  • Permitted in line with household/numbers restrictions

Schools

  • Open – with enhanced protective measures in place

Colleges

  • Restricted – blended

Universities

  • Restricted – blended

Driving lessons

  • permitted

Sports and exercise

  • Indoor: individual exercise only (exemption for under 18s)
  • Outdoor – all except adult (18+) contact sports (professional permitted)

Leisure and entertainment

  • Closed

Visitor attractions

  • Open with protective measures

Public Services (health following NHS remobilisation plan)

  • Essential face-to-face services only (online where possible)

Unregulated (children’s) activities (e.g. youth clubs, children’s groups)

  • Differentiated restrictions apply

Support services (mental health, counselling, day services, child contact centres)

  • Permitted/online where possible

Offices and call centres

  • Essential only/work from home (WFH) 

Other workplaces

  • Open – work from home (WFH) default where possible

Shielding

Contact with others

  • limit meeting people outside your own household, avoid indoor public spaces

Shopping

  • strictly follow the guidelines when shopping and limit the number of times you go to a shop
  • shop at quieter times

If you cannot work from home

  • speak to your employer to ensure all appropriate protections are in place
  • the majority of workplaces can be made safe. Where you have a concern you should discuss this with your employer. If your workplace cannot be made safe, you can discuss whether you need a fit note with your GP or consultant

School/formal childcare

  • parents or guardians should discuss with their GP or clinician whether children should still attend

See a PDF table showing advice at all levels for those at higher risk from coronavirus.

This information is for reference purposes only and may be adjusted.  Regulations in relation to each level will be published on legislation.gov.uk and relevant public health advice (such as physical distancing and enhanced hygiene measures) applies.  Find relevant guidance on www.gov.scot/coronavirus.  All restrictions will be kept under review to ensure that they remain proportionate and necessary to address the ongoing public health emergency.

LOCAL MINERS CONVICTED DURING STRIKE TO BE PARDONED

SNP GOVERNMENT LEADING THE WAY TO “RIGHT A HISTORIC WRONG”

MSP for Coatbridge & Chryston, Fulton MacGregor, has welcomed news that Scottish miners convicted during the year-long strike in the 1980s are to be pardoned by the SNP Government.

Scotland’s Justice Secretary, Humza Yousaf, made the announcement in Holyrood today following the publication of an independent review into the matter.  

It is believed about 1,400 miners were arrested across Scotland and more than 500 were convicted.

The pardons scheme will require new legislation to be introduced by the SNP Government and passed by the Scottish Parliament in due course.

Commenting, local SNP MSP, Fulton MacGregor, said:

“A great number of local miners from Coatbridge and Chrytson, and across North Lanarkshire, have suffered for years due to the excessive convictions handed out during the strike.

“My constituency has a rich mining history which can be seen at local museum Summerlee Heritage Park. Coatbridge and Chryston was a major Scottish centre for iron works and coal mining, and there were plenty other mines nearby including Auchengeich which sadly experienced a disaster.

“The strike may have taken place 35 years ago, but there is still much anger in many of our local communities about how the miners were treated – and rightly so.

“For decades, hundreds of men and their families have had to deal with the consequences of the strike and their heavy convictions.

“This collective pardon also applies posthumously and is clear evidence of the SNP Government’s aim to right a historic wrong.”

Scotland’s Justice Secretary, Humza Yousaf MSP, said:

“The pardon is intended to acknowledge the disproportionate impact arising from miners being prosecuted and convicted during the strike – such as the loss of their job.  It will also recognise the exceptional circumstances that resulted in former miners suffering hardship and the loss of their good name through their participation in the strike.

“It is also vital to acknowledge that many officers involved in policing the strike found it an incredibly difficult time – being rooted in their communities and having family members who were miners.”

76,880 LOW-INCOME HOUSEHOLDS IN NORTH LANARKSHIRE SUPPORTED BY SNP GOVERNMENT

CRISIS GRANTS HIT RECORD HIGH OVER LOCKDOWN 

The Scottish Welfare Fund made 1075 of crisis grant payments to people in North Lanarkshire in the last financial quarter – an increase of 7% on last year – to help pay for essentials such as food, heating costs, and household necessities. 

Latest figures show that the Scottish Welfare Fund has paid out a total of 76,880 crisis grants to households in North Lanarkshire since it was established 2013. 

The Scottish Welfare Fund awarded £5.2 million in crisis grants across Scotland between April and June 2020, up 77 per cent on the same period last year – after Scottish Government increased the amount of funding available for the fund. 

SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor said:

“The Scottish Welfare Fund is an important example of the kind of action the SNP has taken to ensure there is additional financial support in place for people in North Lanarkshire coping with the economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. 

“This vital support stands in stark contrast to what is happening at Westminster, with Tory MPs voting to deprive children of free school meals, and robbing Scotland of crucial funding to support our most vulnerable. 

“While the Scottish Government works to improve provision for families in North Lanarkshire facing poverty, we continue to have to spend money to protect the most vulnerable in our communities from UK government benefit cuts. 

“For as welfare decisions remain at Westminster, the SNP will continue to do everything in our power to tackle poverty and support people in North Lanarkshire to get through this challenging time.”

10,036 CHILDREN IN NORTH LANARKSHIRE TO BENEFIT AS FREE SCHOOL MEALS EXTENDED

SNP GOVERNMENT PROVIDING £10 MILLION FOR SCHOOL MEALS OVER HOLIDAYS

More than 10,000 children across North Lanarkshire will benefit from extra funding to extend free school meals over the Christmas and Easter holidays.

£10 million has been made available by the SNP Government so that councils can continue providing free school meals through the winter breaks with future funding confirmed to extend support over Easter.

On Wednesday, Tory MPs voted rejected a plan to extend free school meals into the school holidays, arguing that it was not the job of schools to “regularly provide food during the school holidays”.

No Scottish Tory MP voted to support the plan, despite recent indications from Douglas Ross that he wishes to end the Tories’ opposition free school meals provision. 

SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor said:

“Many families in North Lanarkshire are under considerable financial pressure at this time, and with less than two weeks until the UK government prematurely shuts down the furlough scheme, that’s unfortunately only set to get worse. 

“This important investment will support around 10,000 children and young people in North Lanarkshire, helping families meet the cost of meals over Christmas, February and Easter holidays.

“The Scottish Government’s decision to extend the free school meals scheme will be a great relief for many hard-pressed parents.

“The Tories at Westminster had an opportunity to support thousands of families worrying about how they will put food on the table in the weeks ahead, but they refused to do so. 

“It’s clear that Westminster has a lot to learn from the SNP’s approach to tackling food insecurity and building a social security system based on fairness, dignity and respect.”

COATBRIDGE & CHRYSTON MSP ENCOURAGES APPLICATIONS FOR SCOTLAND LOVES LOCAL FUND

£1 MILLION FUND TO SUPPORT COMMUNITY SHOPPING AND PROMOTE TOWN CENTRES

SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor has encouraged projects in Coatbridge & Chryston to apply for a new £1 million fund, which has been launched by the SNP government to help promote town centres and online businesses and encourage people to spend locally. 

Grants of between £500 and £5000 will be given out as part of the Scotland Loves Local scheme, which aims to enable visitors and residents to safely shop, eat and relax within communities.

The funding aims to support small scale improvements that will help motivate people to shop, eat and relax within their community whilst ensuring public health safety, and can be used for measures such as protective screens, physical distancing markers, hand sanitising equipment and PPE.

SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor said: 

“We all have a role to play in Scotland’s economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, and it’s now more important than ever to consider shopping locally and supporting the brilliant local businesses in Coatbridge & Chryston.

“The Scotland Loves Local campaign – which will provide grants of between £500 and £5,000 – encourages people to think how they can safely support people to shop, eat and relax within their community whilst ensuring public health safety.

“This £1 million fund, delivered by the Scottish Government, is an exciting opportunity for local projects and locally-based online businesses to support town centres and promote their local community. 

“This new fund will be a real boost for communities across Coatbridge & Chryston.”

New Restrictions

Q&A

General Q – What were the changes announced yesterday

A. – The new measures are:

•         All licensed premises will be required to close, with the exception of takeaway services

•         Cafés will be able to open between 6am and 6pm

•         Takeaways (including from pubs and restaurants) can continue

•         Evening meals may be served in accommodation for residents only but no alcohol can be served

•         Specific life events, such as weddings and funerals, may continue with alcohol, with current meeting rules for these events (20 person limit in regulated premises only)

•         No group exercise classes for indoor gyms and sports courts, pools with an exemption for under 18s

•         No adult (18+) contact sports or training, except professional sports, indoor or outdoor

•         No outdoor live events

•         Snooker/pool halls, indoor bowling, casinos and bingo halls are to close

•         Public transport use should be minimised as much as possible, such as for education and work, where it cannot be done from home

•         Current meeting rules, maximum of six people from two households, continue to apply

Additionally, from this weekend, shops across Scotland are asked to return to two metres physical distancing and reintroduce the mitigations they put in place earlier in the pandemic, including one-way systems.

General

Q. Why are these measures being proposed?

A. As detailed in the latest Evidence Paper published on the 7th October, the rate of growth in the epidemic is increasing, with R now significantly above one (range 1.3 to 1.7). This is leading to accelerating numbers of cases and a rising test positivity rate in most areas of Scotland.

The new National restrictions on household visiting introduced on 22nd September should help to reduce the spread of the virus. However, without further interventions, modelling shows that new infections are likely to continue to increase and could hit a peak similar to that experienced in March during October

Q. When will these temporary changes come into force?

A. From 6pm on Friday 9th October apart from the change to back to the 2m social distancing requirements in retail, which will come into force on Saturday 10th October.

Q. How long is “temporary”?

A. These measures are intended to be in force from Friday 9 October at 6pm to Sunday 26 October inclusive. The Scottish Governments aim and hope is that these can be lifted, however, that decision has to be taken in line with the state of the epidemic at the time. The Scottish government will keep these measures under review and report to Parliament.

Licensed Cafes

Licensed cafes in the central belt will be able to open 0600—1800 as long as they do not serve alcohol or allow it to be consumed on the premises. Effectively, licensed and unlicensed cafes will be treated the same. Licensed restaurants, pubs and bars within central belt will continue to be closed for 16 days.

Food to go

Q.  A restaurant having to close because they hold a license need access to financial support – suppliers to hospitality impacted by restrictions will they be eligible?

A. The First Minstersaid consultation will take place on the use of £40m being made available but we will ensure the concern is fed in.

Q.  Can alcohol be delivered / Can it be collected?

A If the licence held by the premises already permits sale for consumption off the premises, then delivery and collection of alcohol will still be possible, subject only to the restrictions in the licence.

Q. Can people order and wait on premises?

A. Yes. The requirement for businesses to take reasonable measures to ensure that the required distance is maintained between persons on its premises or people queuing for the premises still applies, so numbers inside should continue to be limited and queues should continue to be well controlled.

Q Is it a 6pm or 10pm curfew for takeaway? 

A. No restriction at any time.

Q. Can drive thru/collection operate until 10pm?

A. It can operate beyond 10pm as now.

Q. Collection for coffee – can this still be done in person post 6pm?

A. Yes

Food Retail

Q. Is 2m distancing within retail settings just for the 2 weeks or permanent?

A. The 2m is in place for the duration of the measures announced and will be reviewed alongside the other measures that have been announced.

Q. Any evidence as to necessity of 2m distancing in shops?  

A. Measures in hospitality have been introduced with the specific aim of reducing the number of contacts. A consequence of the decision on closure and limitations on alcohol is the likelihood of an increase in purchasing in food retail. Therefore it does not make sense to introduce restrictions to limit opportunity for contact in hospitality and not recognise the consequence in terms of consumer behaviour which is likely to increase demand in food retail.

Q. One way systems and reference to reintroduction in FMs statement – was this illustrative or what is expected?

A. Retailers must take reasonably practicable measures to maintain the 2m physical distancing requirement between persons on or seeking to enter their premises. Where 2m is not possible then businesses will be expected to undertake a risk assessment and determine what other protective measures are in place or can be put in place. One way systems may be appropriate for some retailers but for others where it is not possible then reducing the volume of customers to maintain 2m physical distance might well be a better solution. Maintenance of 2m should drive solutions.

Q. Extension to mandatory face covering locations – Need definition, will this be in back shop areas etc? 

A. As the First Minister said, this will apply to any communal settings, whether front or back of house. Food Standards Scotland guidance on the use of face coverings and face masks in relation to safe food production should also be considered. E.g. food preparation and hygienic production factors should be considered and Food Standards Scotland guidance applied appropriately.

Q. Public Transport – will it be running as normal?

A. Yes, but the guidance focuses on essential travel e.g. to work.

SNP MSP URGES TSB TO RETHINK LOCAL BANK CLOSURE

SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor has demanded an urgent meeting with TSB officials after an announcement the Coatbridge branch has been marked for closure.

The bank announced 73 branch closures across Scotland.  

The MSP for Coatbridge & Chryston has now requested an urgent meeting with TSB bosses to discuss the impact of the decision.

Commenting, SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor said:  

“Make no mistake, most businesses have been hit hard by Coronavirus – banks are no exception.

“But at a time when many are feeling isolated, a face-to-face banking service in the local community is indispensable for my constituents.

“I have requested a meeting with TSB bosses regarding the future of services in the area – the bank need to rethink this decision and allow our high streets to fully recover from this pandemic.

“I will fight to keep this branch open.”

Q&A Scotland’s Route Map – Changes after 22 September

 Q&A Scotland’s Route Map – Changes after 22 September

HOUSEHOLD MEETING RULES

What are the new meeting rules for socialising indoors?

You cannot meet people from any other households indoors in your home or another person’s home socially, unless they are in your extended household. These rules also apply to children, however children whose parents do not live in the same household can move between homes. Exemptions apply for childcare.

What are the exemptions to the rule?

The rules apply to people meeting socially. The current approach to exemptions for informal childcare and shared parenting and tradespersons will continue. Children whose parents do not live in the same household can move between homes.

Can I meet people socially in other settings indoors?

You can meet people from one other household at a time, up to a maximum of 6 people, in public indoor spaces such as cafes, pubs and restaurants.

Children under 12 from the two households meeting do not count towards the maximum of 6 people.

What about vulnerable people, can I visit their home?

You can go into someone’s house to provide essential care or support such as delivering shopping, but you should be careful to follow good hygiene measures.

What are the new household meeting rules for outdoors?

A maximum of 6 people from 2 households will still be permitted to meet together outdoors – including outside areas of, pubs and restaurants – and outdoors including in private gardens. There will be some limited exemptions.

Children under 12 won’t count towards the 2 household limit or the limit of 6 people.

Children aged 12-17 can meet in a group of up to 6 people who are all aged under 18 outdoors. Physical distancing is still required. This position will be monitored carefully and reviewed based evidence of transmission and incidence of the virus in this age group.

Can I enter someone’s house in order to reach their garden / use their toilet?

If you are meeting another household in their garden, you should only go into their house to:

 access the garden – do so quickly and without touching anything;

 use the toilet – avoid touching surfaces with your hands as much as possible, wipe any surfaces that you do touch with antibacterial wipes, wash your hands thoroughly, dry your hands with a freshly laundered towel or a paper towel which you should dispose of in a closed bin.

What are the new household meeting rules for children and young people?

Children under 12 from the two households meeting outdoors do not count in the maximum number of households or people that can meet outdoors. They do not need to maintain physical distancing. This means that an adult from another household looking after young children does not need to physically distance from the child. However, care should be taken to follow hygiene measures and keep proximity to a minimum where possible.

Young people aged 12 to 17 year olds can meet in a group of up to 6 people, who can be from 6 different households, who are all aged under 18 outdoors. Physical distancing is still required. This position will be monitored carefully and reviewed based evidence of transmission and incidence of the virus in this age group.

What is the scientific evidence to agree the under 12 exemption?

At present, on the balance of known risks, children under 12 are not required to physically distance due to the greatly reduced chance of them contracting the virus, and according to the Advisory sub-group for Education and Children, transmission risk in this age group is understood to be limited.

Can children under 12 years of age play outside with their friends or do they have to follow the 2 household, 6 people rule?

Children under 12 do not count towards the maximum number of households or people who can meet outdoors and do not have to physically distance.

Why are you restricting the rules on who people can meet?

There has been a marked increase in the number of infections in recent weeks and it has been concluded that it is necessary to tighten some existing restrictions, to help curb the spread of the virus especially between and within households.

What is your evidence base for reducing the household meeting rules?

The decision was informed by analysis showing that the higher the number of people and households that meet and interact, the greater the risk of transmission. Therefore it made sense, as transmission is rising, to tighten the limit.

Why do you need the ‘2 household part’ – UKG don’t think it’s necessary – aren’t they following the same science?

The current evidence tells us that it is the interaction between households that is important in terms of reducing the spread of the virus – that is why we have included 2 households in the limit (up to a maximum of 6 people) who can meet outdoors or in indoor public places.

You cannot meet people from any other households indoors in your home or another person’s home socially, unless they are in your extended household.

What about large families?

A household with more than 6 people (not including children under 12) can continue to gather socially.

How do these changes affect extended households?

There is no change to your ability to form an extended household. An extended household can be formed when there is only one adult in one of the households or (for non-cohabiting couples, plus any children living with the adult. People in an extended household are treated as being in the same household. They can visit each other, stay overnight and do not need to physically distance. But you can only be part of one extended household.

Does this effect the number of households I can meet in a day?

You should limit as far as possible the total number of households you meet in a day.

Do these changes apply in hospitality settings?

There continues to be a maximum of 6 people from 2 households in hospitality settings, both indoors and outdoors. 2

What if I’m a student living in a halls of residence with more than 6 people?

If your student accommodation is provided in the form of flats with shared cooking and bathroom facilities, each “cluster flat” will normally be considered a household.

If your accommodation is provided in a different format, for example longer corridors of single rooms, the composition of “household” will be informed by the areas shared by groups of students (such as bathrooms).

Members of the same household do not need to physically distance from each other but should stay 2m away from people from other households.

If I live in student accommodation, can I still hold a social gathering?

The same rules apply to students as to everyone else. From 14 September 2020, restrictions on parties in private dwellings applied to student accommodation. This makes it an offence to attend a party in student accommodation as it currently is in other forms of private dwelling

There is an exception for students living in student accommodation to use cooking, dining, toilet or washing facilities which are shared with any person who is not a member of their household.

Do these restriction apply to the whole of Scotland, what about the local restrictions in place?

These are new nationwide measures and will supersede the equivalent local restrictions which have been in place in recent weeks in seven local authority areas: Glasgow; East and West Dunbartonshire; Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire; and North and South Lanarkshire. Specific restrictions imposed in respect of the west of Scotland in a range of respects need to remain in place for now but are subject to regular review by the National Incident Management Team as part of targeted package in place in those areas.

What about the Islands where the R rate is consistently low

The rules currently apply nationwide – however we will continue to discuss with those three local authorities whether any exemptions should apply in their areas – possibly alongside stronger guidance or restrictions on travel to and from the mainland

CHILDREN/ FAMILIES

Will this have any impact on Childcare, including ELC and school wraparound care?

No. The restriction does not apply where there is sector specific guidance in force.

Can parents still use grandparents / friends as childcare and does this count towards their limit?

Informal childcare can continue within the new household limits. We are encouraging people to limit the number of daily interactions that they have with other households.

Could your child go for a playdate in the morning to someone’s house, then a sibling (or the whole family) have another household or child over in the evening?

You cannot meet people from any other households indoors in your home or another person’s home socially, unless they are in your extended household. These rules also apply to children.

A maximum of 6 people from 2 households will still be permitted to meet together outdoors at any one time. Any children under 12 who are part of two households meeting up won’t count towards the limit of 6 people.

Young people aged 12 to 17 year olds can meet in a group of up to 6 people who are all aged under 18 outdoors. Physical distancing is still required. 23 September 2020

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You should also limit as far as possible the total number of households you meet in a day.

If children under 12 are exempt from making up the number of people to 6, can the children be from more than one household or not ie if children have siblings only one child in the family can have a friend over, meet a friend in a park etc?

You cannot meet people from any other households indoors in your home or another person’s home socially, unless they are in your extended household. These rules also apply to children.

A maximum of 6 people from 2 households will still be permitted to meet together outdoors at any one time. Any children under 12 who are part of two households meeting up won’t count towards the limit of 6 people.

You should also limit as far as possible the total number of households you meet in a day.

A child’s party planned for this weekend with 5 kids (from same class but different households) in a garden could no longer go ahead?

The rules mean that only 2 households can meet up to a limit of 6 people outdoors. Any children from those 2 households won’t count towards the 6.

A child who has a nanny coming to the house would that be the household ‘meet up’ for the day for the whole house?

There is guidance in place for early learning, childcare and childminding services.

Is there clarity on number of households per day? Could families in theory meet friends in the morning then in the afternoon?

We are encouraging people to limit the number of interactions that they have.

Can there be more clarity on what is allowed and where for kids parties?

The rules on gatherings would apply to all parties – no indoor visiting, and a maximum of 6 people from 2 households in any outdoor setting. Any children under 12 who are part of two households don’t count towards the limit of 6 people.

INDOOR/ OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Many organised indoor and outdoor activities (adult and child) are / have restarted – what will the impact be for these? e.g. October school holiday clubs, sports clubs, other clubs, toddler groups.

These changes will not impact on organised activity. Relevant guidance should be followed.

Will this impact on swimming pools reopening and the planned reopening of soft plays?

Swimming pools are permitted to open and organised sport is permitted – relevant guidance is in place. Soft play is currently closed.

Can I still participate in sport?

You can participate in organised sport, where there are the necessary risk assessments and sport specific guidance in place. People meeting friends for informal sport would need to abide by the rules on meeting other households.

Can I continue to participate in organised outdoor sports like five-a-side football?

There is no change to the rules around this, but everyone should adhere to the clear guidance that in place with includes enhanced hygiene measures and providing contact details to enable contact tracing. 23 September 2020

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Can I still play golf with more than one other adult?

People meeting friends for a recreational game of golf would need to abide by the rules on meeting other households. If it is an organised event then greater numbers might be permitted depending on the specific guidance.

WEDDINGS AND FUNERALS

How do the new household limits affect weddings and funerals?

The maximum number of people who can attend a funeral, a marriage ceremony or a civil partnership registration remains fixed at 20. That limit of 20 also applies to wakes or wedding and civil partnership receptions in regulated premises. Receptions or wakes taking place in a private dwelling, including a garden need to comply with the new household meeting rules.

Is the number of 20 inclusive of children at a wedding and at the wedding reception?

Children are counted as part of the maximum of 20 people for funerals, marriages and civil partnerships, including wakes and receptions.

KEY PRINCIPLES

Has everything changed?

A consistent approach has been taken to the key principles and they remain the same. Everyone who can work from home, should be working from home. That is a crucial step that people can take to suppress the virus and to minimize spread.

Where that is not possible, please remember to avoid rush hours and crowded places where possible and when at work to follow the health and safety advice in place to make your working environment as safe as possible.

Remember the FACTS:

F – face coverings – wear these in enclosed spaces.

A – avoid crowded places, for example bars which look a bit too busy.

C – clean your hands and any hard surfaces.

T – 2 m distancing. Keeping your distance from friends and family can be really difficult. But it’s an important and effective way of reducing transmission.

S – self isolate. If you have symptoms, self isolate and book a test. If you are named as a contact of someone with Covid, self isolate for 14 days and get a test if you develop symptoms.

SELF ISOLATION

When is it necessary to self-isolate?

If you have symptoms, don’t go out, don’t go to work, self-isolate, and book a test. If you test positive, follow the advice from Test and Protect to isolate for ten days, and for anyone in your household to isolate for 14 days. Similarly, if you are identified as a contact of someone with Covid, you should isolate for 14 days.

What are you doing to offset financial impacts of self-isolation?

The Scottish Government will introduce new financial support arrangements for people on low incomes who face a loss of income if they are required isolate. More detail on this will be announced soon. 23 September 2020

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Who will be eligible for the financial support?

The details of that package are being worked through at present, and we also await information from the UK Government on additional Barnett consequentials as a result of announcements made by them over the weekend

England has introduced fine for those that don’t self-isolate will Scottish Government ?

While enforcement options will be kept under review, we do have a concern about potential disincentives of fines and enforcement to people getting tested. A better approach is to “remove barriers” to self-isolation.

What are you doing to ensure people comply

The Scottish Government will step up communication to support understanding and compliance with the steps we need to take to keep ourselves and each other safe. Self-isolation will be supported through new financial support arrangements for those on low incomes. The Scottish Government is investing additional resources to increase the number of Environmental Health Officers and working closely with Police Scotland to engage with the public, explain the rules and guidance, encourage compliance and, where necessary, enforce them.

What financial support will be available to business when the UK Government Furlough Scheme comes to an end?

The reintroduction of some restrictions makes it even more urgent for the UK Government to extend the furlough scheme.

It is not clear what other routes for more dedicated sectoral support the UKG is considering – these would need to be clear to us and to employers and workers well in advance of the end of the furlough scheme.

The UK Government has said it will close the furlough scheme on 31 October – why are you calling for its extension?

It is important to remember that the reason people are on furlough is because there are public health restrictions in place which limit some businesses and workers.

The statistics show that sectors that have been able to reopen have much lower rates of people still on furlough. Rates are still high in sectors that have not yet reopened.

For as long as public health restrictions are required, people should not be punished for doing the right thing.

HOSPITALITY

What changes are happening in hospitality?

Pubs, restaurants and all hospitality settings will be required to close at 10pm.

Can I still go to pubs and restaurants with friends?

You can meet people from one other household at a time, up to a maximum of 6 people, in public indoor spaces such as cafes, pubs and restaurants.

Children under 12 from the two households meeting do not count towards the maximum of 6 people.

Guidance should be followed at all times.

Why are the rules different for indoor meetings in my house and meetings in a pub or restaurant?

Hospitality settings have strict guidance that they have to follow to make it safe. A maximum of six people from up to two households can still meet in a hospitality setting, as long as relevant rules are followed at all times. 23 September 2020

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Is car sharing permitted?

You should only share a vehicle with those from your household or extended household. However, if you have no other option, you should follow the safe travel guidance at the Transport Scotland website which provides advice on how to share vehicles safely.

On such occasions, you should:

  • share the transport whether it is a car or minibus or other private vehicle with the same people each time
  • keep to small groups of people at any one time
  • maintain good ventilation by keeping the car windows open if possible
  • ask everyone, unless they are exempt, to wear a face-covering
  • clean your hands before and after your journey
  • and if the vehicle is your responsibility clean the door handles and other areas that people touch