The First Minister has made further ‘regrettable but necessary’ restrictions to control the spread on Covid-19. On Wednesday Nicola Sturgeon announced the following additional restrictions and amendments
Click and collect
Only retailers offering essential items will be allowed to offer ‘click and collect’. This will include food, clothes, footwear, baby items, books and homeware. All other ‘click and collect’ services must stop. Staggered appointments should be offered to avoid the potential for queuing, and access inside premises for collection will not be permitted.
Customers will no longer be permitted to go inside to collect takeaway food or coffee. Any outlet wishing to offer takeaway will have to do so from a serving hatch or doorway
Consumption of alcohol outdoors
It will be the against in all Level 4 areas to drink alcohol outdoors in public.
Working from home
There is also statutory guidance for employers to support employees to work from home.
The First Minister said: “The law already says we we should only be leaving home to go to work if it is work that cannot be done from home. This is a legal obligation that falls on individuals. However, we will now introduce statutory guidance to make it clear to employers that they must support their workers to work from home wherever possible.
“For all employers, the basic but vital message is this – if your staff were working from home during the first lockdown last year, they should be working from home now, and you should be facilitating that.”
Working inside people’s homes
She also added that the guidance for those who are permitted to work inside people’s houses for the upkeep and maintenance and function of the household, will be put into law.
Leaving home for ‘essential purposes’
The law will also change to close a loophole regarding people who leave their house for ‘essential purposes’.
She added: “Right now the law states that people can only leave home for essential purpose. However, having left home for an essential purpose, someone could then stay out of their home to do something that is not essential without breaching the law as it stands.
“The amendment will make it clear that people must not leave or remain outside the home unless for an essential purpose.”