Daily uk news Are half term holidays in jeopardy? Nicola Sturgeon tells Scots 'don't book foreign trips' for October break amid fears England will have to follow Scotland's even tougher new Covid rules MetiNews.Com
MetiNews.Com - Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have all imposed restrictions on households meeting up indoors, prompting speculation that Boris Johnson will have to back down and follow suit.
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Nicola Sturgeon has told Scots 'don't book foreign trips' for the October break amid fears England will have to follow Scotland's even tougher new Covid rules.The First Minister said in Tuesday afternoon's Scottish Parliament address people should think of the holiday as 'an opportunity to further limit social interaction'.She said: 'Please think of the October break as an opportunity to further limit social interaction.'And, given that this is a global pandemic, please do not book travel overseas for the October break if it is not essential.'Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have all imposed restrictions on households meeting up indoors, prompting speculation England will have to follow suit.Prime Minister Boris Johnson yesterday set out a wave of measures designed to stop the spread of coronavirus.But he did not make any changes to rules around households mixing with each other as the existing 'rule of six' provision remained in place.However, the other three home nations have all moved on the issue and introduced tighter curbs.Meanwhile, Ms Sturgeon made her comments on people booking overseas half-term breaks and Wales restricted the sale of alcohol after 10pm. The fact Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have taken a tougher approach in some areas has prompted questions over whether the PM will do the same.Below is a breakdown of how the rules are different in each country. Boris Johnson's coronavirus crackdown is facing scrutiny after Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland announced even tougher restrictionsEnglandWorking from home is once again being encouraged, with anyone who can being asked to do so.People who cannot, such as those working in construction or retail, are being advised they should continue to go to their workplaces.From Thursday pubs, bars and restaurants must offer table service only and hospitality, leisure, entertainment and tourism businesses will all have to close between 10pm and 5am.People working in retail, travelling in taxis, and staff and customers in indoor hospitality, except while seated at a table to eat or drink, will have to wear face coverings.From Monday, a maximum of 15 people will be allowed to attend wedding ceremonies and receptions, but the limit remains at 30 for funerals.The rule of six, introduced last weekend, that any social gatherings of more than six people both indoors and outdoors are against the law, is being extended to all adult indoor team sports.Large sporting events, business conferences and exhibitions will not reopen as had been planned from October 1.The penalties for disobeying the rules will also be greater – failing to wear a mask or breaking the rule of six will see fines doubling to £200 for a first offence.Businesses which break the rules could be fined up to £10,000 and closed.Fines of up to £10,000 for people who fail to self-isolate have already been announced.Downing Street said military support was an option to free up police so they can focus on enforcing the tougher rules.For people in the shielding category, Mr Johnson said the guidance remains that shielding is not currently needed, unless they are in a local lockdown area. 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Share this article Share ScotlandHousehold mixing indoors will no longer be allowed, with exemptions for those living alone, couples not living together, childcare and tradespeople.Regulations come into force on Friday but people are being asked to comply from today.First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said children under 12 will be exempt from the current limit of six people from two households when meeting outside, and those between 12 and 18 will be able to meet a limit of six others from six households outdoors.From Friday pubs, bars and restaurants must close at 10pm and further resources will be given to environmental health officials to step up enforcement and inspections, to check that social distancing and other hygiene guidance is being adhered to.People in Scotland are also being advised against car-sharing, with Ms Sturgeon saying that according to Test and Protect data there is a 'significant risk of transmission' in such settings.She said no decision has been taken yet on a so-called circuit-break in October, and the Scottish Government is 'keeping it under review'.She asked people not to book any overseas travel for the half-term break unless it is essential, and to use it as an opportunity to 'further limit social interaction'.She said people who were shielding earlier in the year are not at this stage being asked to do so again, but that they should follow the steps outlined for the general population.In an address to the nation, the First Minister acknowledged the measures might feel like 'a step backwards', but added: 'We know what we need to do to protect ourselves and others – and all of us have a part to play.' Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford has said that only six people are now able to meet indoors and they must be part of a single extended householdWalesPubs, cafes, restaurants and casinos in Wales must operate as table service only and close from 10pm on Thursday.Off-licences including supermarkets will also be stopped from selling alcohol at the same time each day as part of the measures.Only six people are now able to meet indoors and must be part of a single extended household.Face coverings must be worn on public transport, in shops and in enclosed public spaces across Wales.First Minister Mark Drakeford said in a televised address: 'Families have lost loved ones. People have lost jobs and livelihoods. This is a highly infectious virus.'We cannot let it take a hold of our lives again. We have come too far to let that happen.' The First Minister of Wales has also asked people to 'think every time they make a journey' and avoid unnecessary travel. Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland has the highest infection rate across the UK and Ireland, and fresh Covid-19 restrictions are to be extended from some specific postcodes to the whole country from 6pm on Tuesday.Households will no longer be allowed to mix indoors, except for single-person bubbles and certain other exemptions.No more than six people from two households can meet in a garden. Northern Irish First Minister Arlene Foster said a spike in coronavirus cases was a 'wake up call' and a 'reminder that we are not out of the woods' Pubs which do not serve food, known as wet pubs, are due to open on Wednesday, despite the latest restrictions.Deputy First Minister Michelle O'Neill said whether to introduce an early closing time for pubs is something ministers would be considering, describing replicating the 10pm curfew being introduced in England as 'fair enough' to consider.First Minister Arlene Foster said a two-week period of lockdown to try to halt the spread of the virus, a so-called circuit breaker, could not be ruled out.Discussing the latest measures on Tuesday evening, she said: 'We need to act, but I do want to reassure you that despite all of the headlines this is not a second lockdown.'This is a wake-up call, a reminder that we are not out of the woods.' The evidence from Scotland that tougher rules do work to fight Covid-19: Glasgow's outbreak slowed within five days of being hit by a local lockdown Tougher lockdown rules could work, suggests official data showing Glasgow's spike in coronavirus cases was controlled within days of being hit by fresh restrictions.Residents in the city, home to around 600,000 people, and two neighbouring areas were banned from visiting any other households back at the start of September, in a desperate attempt to curb the spread of Covid-19.The decision, announced by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, was prompted by figures revealing Glasgow's spiralling outbreak was to blame for nearly a third of new cases in Scotland.Around 37 people were testing positive for the life-threatening infection each day on September 2, the day when the restrictions came into place.
.But government statistics show the city's infection curve had started to flatten just five days after the measures were imposed, showing the rolling average had hit 52 on September 7 and has barely risen since. Glasgow's seven-day rolling average of Covid-19 cases (blue line) has flattened since residents were banned from visiting any other households on September 2 A similar pattern was shown in West Dunbartonshire In East Renfrewshire, cases continued rising (blue line) after restrictions were imposed on September 2. But since then, cases have dropped back down again Nicola Sturgeon imposed a blanket ban on social mixing in households from today in ScotlandFigures from Public Health Scotland, the country's health agency which updates Covid-19 data daily, shows a small uptick in cases over the past few days, with the rolling average standing at 64 on September 20. Fresher data is not yet available because it is based on when samples were taken and not how many were actually registered on any given day. It can take several days for patients to get their results back.This uptick in the past two weeks is in line with the rest of the UK, which has been blamed on children and adults returning to school and work, and appears to now be dipping again. Sir Harry Burns, a professor of global public health at the University of Strathclyde, said data shows the lockdown measures in the west of Scotland are working.Because of this, he supported Ms Sturgeon's decision to impose a blanket ban on social mixing in households from today. And it's claimed Professor Chris Whitty, England's chief medical officer, is adamant England needs its own household visit ban. Around 1.7million Scots are now under tougher local restrictions — almost a third (31 per cent) of the country's 5.4million population. Aberdeen, home to 208,000, had previously been under a strict 'lockdown' from August 5 to August 23, which included the closure of pubs and restaurants, a household mixing ban and a travel restriction of five miles. East Dunbartonshire seen Covid-19 cases drop (blue line) since restrictions were put in place on September 7 (pictured) Renfrewshire has seen Covid-19 cases stall (blue line) since restrictions were put in place on September 7 (pictured) South Lanarkshire is starting to show improvements in Covid-19 cases (blue line), having been added to the list of places in Scotland hit with harder measures on September 12 (pictured) North Lanarkshire has seen cases dip very slightly (blue line) before rising again after a 'lockdown' was imposed on September 12 (pictured)Glasgow, West Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire were then slapped with new Covid-19 control measures on September 3.It was expected to be in place for two weeks, however the Scottish Government has not yet lifted them.Restrictions on visiting other households were applied because 'transmission appears mainly to be happening inside people's homes and between households, rather than in pubs and restaurants', Ms Sturgeon said. The daily average of cases in Glasgow at the time was 36.6. Cases continued to be diagnosed, reaching an average of 52 five days after the measures were announced. But then, a week after the restrictions were put in places, cases levelled off at 44.6, suggesting the spike had been stopped in its tracks. A similar pattern was shown in West Dunbartonshire, home to 89,000 people.The average went from seven on September 2, to nine on September 6, before levelling off between five and seven cases a day. It appears both Glasgow and West Dunbartonshire saw a sudden spike in cases again in mid-September. But data from the past two to three days shows this may be resolving.In East Renfrewshire, around four people a day were testing positive for the coronavirus when the area was put under 'local lockdown'.This continued to rise sharply, doubling to eight by September 11. But since then, cases have dropped back down to four per day.Although it is at the same level as when the measures were imposed, the data shows the outcome is still better than what could have been, had the virus been allowed to continue spreading. On September 7, Ms Sturgeon 'regrettably' extended the measures to East Dunbartonshire and Renfrewshire, home to around 286,000 people, combined. Both have seen a significant stalling in the spiralling Covid-19 cases. South Lanarkshire is starting to show improvements, having been added to the list of places in Scotland hit with harder measures on September 12. But North Lanarkshire's cases are still climbing. Ms Sturgeon has now taken the Covid-19 response a step further in Scotland, proving to be moving more cautiously than neighboring England once again. Scots are being barred from visiting other people in their own home – with some exemptions - officially from Friday. But people are being encouraged to comply from today. Ms Sturgeon also confirmed that Scotland would be following England in imposing a 10pm curfew on pubs and restaurants. It came as part of a package of measures to try to stop coronavirus from 'spiralling out of control' in Scotland. Sir Harry told BBC Scotland's The Nine: 'I can understand the reasons for the decisions the First Minister has made.'That's basically because the data on the progress of the partial lockdown in the west of Scotland shows that it's been effective, so she's extending that to the rest of Scotland.'I don't think we can do this too early, to be honest. I think we were a bit late going into the first lockdown and that may be why we had such significant impact. But I think we are seeing increasing daily cases.'Initially they highest number of cases were in the 20-40 year olds. We are now beginning to see cases increase in the over 60s and hospitalisations are increasing. I think if we don't go now, we will see significant numbers of hospitalisation, significant strain on the hospital system again, and significant numbers of deaths.' Ms Sturgeon accepted the 'tough' new restrictions felt like a 'step backwards', but they had not been introduced lightly. She also defended her decision to introduce tougher coronavirus restrictions than in England. The Scottish First Minister insisted the expert advice she received was that a curfew on pubs alone, as is the case in England, would not be sufficient to halt rising case numbers.She refused to directly criticise UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson for failing to take action to prevent households from mixing indoors, as she has done.But she did say she believed governments should 'try to co-ordinate as much as possible across the UK'. Speaking on ITV's Good Morning Britain programme she said Scotland and the UK were in a 'tough spot'.Warning that 'we are again at a tipping point with Covid', Ms Sturgeon added: 'If we don't act now, urgently and decisively, then we might find Covid running out of control again.'The judgment I have made, and it is not an easy one, is if we take tough action now we might actually manage to be under these restrictions for a shorter period of time then we would end up being if we delayed that action.'So these are tough judgments but I think, given the loss of life we know that Covid can result in, the health damage that it does, we've got to be prepared at moments like this, people like me, to take tough decisions and to be prepared to do things even if they are unpopular, for the greater good.'I can only look at the situation in Scotland and I can only speak for the judgments I am making.'And my advisers say to me, yes, a curfew on pubs is certainly something that should be done and we have taken that decision, but in and of itself it is not going to be enough to arrest this increase in Covid cases and bring the R number down and bring the epidemic under control again.'That's why I made the difficult judgment yesterday to go further.'
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