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Restrictions on going out and shielding in Scotland
In March 2020 the Government introduced guidance to help stop coronavirus from spreading. The guidance said we should all stay at home as much as possible. Some of this guidance has relaxed and the Government has said you don’t have to stay at home anymore. However, in September 2020, new rules were put in place to reduce a rise in coronavirus cases. As of 7 October 2020, temporary steps have been announced as coronavirus cases have continued to rise.
We have outlined these changes and the impact that they might have on autistic people and their families in Scotland. Some areas have additional local restrictions which you can find about here.
Here’s what you can and can’t do
Meeting other households
You can no longer visit people’s homes indoors. This will be reviewed every six weeks. There are a number of exemptions including:
those living alone or alone with children
if you are caring formally or informally for someone you do not live with
you are able to form extended households if you fall into one of the categories above
couples who do not live together
tradespeople such as plumbers.
This does not apply to private gardens where you are still able to meet up to six people from two households.
Additional advice is not to share cars with others unless it is essential such as going to and from work.
You can now only meet up to six people outdoors from a maximum two households at any one time. This includes in an outdoor area of a pub, restaurant or café or other hospitality venue. Children under 12 do not count towards the total of six.
In addition to this, children and young people aged between 12 and 18 are able to meet in groups of six outside from more than two households.
Since July, shops, dentists, holiday accommodation, pubs, restaurants, galleries, cinemas, libraries, childcare providers and hairdressers have all been able to open with physical distancing. From October, pubs and restaurants can only open indoors between 6am and 6pm, and they can’t sell alcohol. They can, however, stay open outdoors until 10pm and sell alcohol. Shops across Scotland are also required to return to two metres physical distancing and reintroduce the previous measures they put in place earlier this year, including one-way systems.
It is mandatory to wear face coverings in shops and on public transport unless you have good reason not to such as wearing one causes you distress or you need to communicate with someone who has difficulty communicating.
From 19 October, new rules will mean that individuals will now need to wear face coverings in communal areas such as corridors in both schools and work places, and in communal facilities like canteens in work places.
Since 1 August people who were previously shielding can follow the same advice as everyone else in Scotland. You can read more about that here.
What we’re doing
We are telling the Government about your experiences of lockdown so it knows what life is like for autistic people and their families. If you want to share your experiences, and any worries or concerns you have, with us email firstname.lastname@example.org
Last reviewed and updated on 18 August 2020
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