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Scottish Government 'actively considering' travel ban in law
6th November 2020
The Scottish government is "actively considering" putting a travel ban into law with fines for those who travel in and out of Covid-19 hotspots. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said limiting travel was "absolutely essential" in containing the virus.
The current advice on not moving in or out of Level 3 areas is not put down in law and cannot be enforced. However, this could change when rules are reviewed next week, with the country in a "very fragile" position according to the First Minister. A new five-level system of restrictions is now in force across Scotland, with different measures in place in different parts of the country.
The government is currently advising people not to travel in or out of council areas in Level 3 - which covers much of the central belt - unless essential. When the latest rules were announced, Ms Sturgeon said this was because "police can't check everyone's journey", adding that "this has to rely on public willingness to adhere".
She warned that if people refused to abide by the rules, Scotland could return to nation-wide restrictions - potentially at the highest level. And the First Minister has now said she is "actively considering whether we give a legal underpinning" to the advice. An update is expected when the alert levels for each area are reviewed on Tuesday, 10 November.