Scots to be able to meet outdoors in groups of eight

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Nicola Sturgeon has said that people in Scotland will be able to meet members of one other household in a group of up to eight people from tomorrow.

The change is one of a series of restrictions being eased in phase one of Scotland’s four-stage plan to gradually come out of coronavirus lockdown.

Announcing the new social interaction rules, the First Minister said: “This I know is something everyone has been eagerly anticipating.”

Ms Sturgeon clarified that “one household” does not mean that people have to meet up with the same household each time, but that they should only meet one household at a time.

The Scottish government also strongly recommends people do not meet more than one other household per day, although this will not be legally enforceable.

The SNP leader stressed that people should continue to socially distance when meeting another household outdoors and said the maximum number in the group should be eight.

Other changes coming into force tomorrow in Scotland include allowing people to travel from their home for leisure such as sunbathing and non-contact sports, enabling garden centres to reopen and construction sites to prepare to resume work.

Ms Sturgeon said there will not be a legal limit on how far people can travel for recreation but the “strong advice” was to stay within five miles.

“We simply don't want, in this phase, large numbers of people at tourist hotspots or beauty spots,” she said.

People should not be meeting other households indoors.

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