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Coronavirus (COVID-19): staying at home and away from others (physical distancing)

Rules on staying at home and away from others to help protect the NHS and save lives.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): staying at home and away from others (physical distancing)
Overview

Overview

The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection.

That is why we have introduced three main measures:

  • requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes
  • closing certain business and venues
  • stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public

Every person in Scotland must comply with these measures which were announced on 23 March 2020.

The relevant authorities, including the police, have been given the powers to enforce them – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

These measures are in force for 6 months in the first instance, unless all, or parts are revoked.

These measures are reviewed at least every 21 days.