Scotland bans visits to other households across entire country from Wednesday

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Visits to other household will be banned across Scotland from Wednesday, the country's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

Scotland will introduce additional nationwide restrictions on household gatherings that go further than UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson's new rules, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said, to halt a second wave of coronavirus hitting the country.

"We intend, as Northern Ireland did yesterday, to also introduce nationwide additional restrictions on household gatherings, similar to those already in place in the west of Scotland," Sturgeon said on Tuesday.

The First Minister said that data suggests this measure has reduced the spread of the virus in the west of Scotland and extending it to the rest of the country will hopefully reduce transmission.

Those living alone will be able visit extended households, couples not living together, those who need childcare and tradespeople will be exempt from the measures.

The changes only impact meeting in people's homes, with regulations for outdoor and public indoor meetings remaining the same.

However, the First Minister announced children under 12 will be exempt from the 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.

Addressing teenagers specifically, the First Minister said: "I know how miserable this is for you and you have been so patient.

"We are trying to give you as much flexibility as we can. In return, please work with us and do your best to stick to the rules, for everyone's sake."

She also acknowledged that changes to coronavirus restrictions in Scotland "will not be welcome".

Addressing MSPs in Holyrood, the First Minister said: "Inevitably, some will think they go too far and others that they don't go far enough.

"But we have tried to get the balance right – and to act urgently and in a substantial and preventative way now to try to get the situation under control quickly.

"We judge that this will give us the best chance of avoiding tougher or longer-lasting measures later.

"But I know that doesn't make this any easier.

"Many people, me included, will find not being able to have family and friends in our own homes really difficult – especially as the weather gets colder."

Ms Sturgeon said that while they are "tough", the new measures "are not a lockdown".

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