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Can I still go on holiday to Scotland?


The UK has reached a “perilous turning point” in its battle against coronavirus, according to Boris Johnson. New statistics have caused the Government to take action and bring in new restrictions. Nicola Sturgeon has decided to enforce even tighter rules in Scotland. Can I still go on holiday to Scotland?

Boris Johnson announced yesterday that a few more restrictions will be put in place in the next few days.

Everyone in England is being asked to work from home where possible, and pubs, bars, restaurants, hospitality, leisure, entertainment and tourism businesses will have to close between 10pm and 5am.

Staff in retail and public transport and taxi drivers, as well as staff and customers in indoor hospitality, will all have to wear face coverings from now on.

This excludes customers going to a restaurant or cafe to eat or drink.

There have also been cuts on the number of people allowed to attend wedding ceremonies, and only six people are allowed to meet up at once.

Similar rules apply in Wales, but the country will also see off-licences refusing to sell alcohol between 10pm and 5am.

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Scotland has taken these restrictions further, with household mixing indoors no longer allowed officially from Friday.

This doesn’t apply to people who live alone, couples not living together, childcare and tradespeople.

Children under 12 will be exempt from the rule of six in Scotland, and 12 to 18-year-olds are allowed to meet six people from six different households.

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The same rules apply to pubs, bars and restaurants and these establishments will be inspected more frequently.

Car-sharing with members of another household is also not permitted in Scotland.

But what does this all mean for Scottish holidays?

However, you can still stay in a hotel or B&B business. As yet, there is no suggestion hotels, self-catering accommodation or attractions in the UK would be forced to shut.

The Scottish Government’s website explains that you can only meet people from one other household at a time and you must stay at least two metres apart at all times.

If you’re planning on travelling to Scotland to meet friends or family, you’ll need to follow these rules.

Even if you meet in a park, garden, restaurant, or cafe, you must keep a physical distance.

You will also need to cut down the amount of people you see each day on your trip, since you aren’t allowed to meet people from more than four other households in total a day.

When in Scotland, you’re allowed to travel anywhere within the country.

However, there are some local restrictions in place so make sure you do your research before moving around Scotland.

If you live in an area that is under lockdown, such as Bridgend, Merthyr Tydfil and Newport in South Wales, you won’t be able to visit Scotland.





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