Level 2 restrictions Edinburgh: Covid rules residents will need to follow if the capital moves tier

Publication Date07 December 2020
AuthorHilary Mitchell
The final decision will be taken by Scottish Ministers, who are set to meet early this week to discuss which local authority areas should be moved up or down the 'COVID protection levels', and it will be announced at Nicola Sturgeon's weekly review at 2.20pm tomorrow (8 December).

At her daily coronavirus update today (7 December), Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that West Lothian will leave level four tomorrow.

Here are all the things you can do in Edinburgh under level two of the Covid protection levels, assuming that we move down.

Meeting others indoors (socialising)

You should not meet anyone who is not in your household indoors in your home or in their home. You can meet another household indoors in a public place such as a café or restaurant. The maximum number of people who can meet indoors in a public (not a home) place is 6 which can be from up to 2 separate households.

Children under the age of 12 from these households do not count towards the total number of people permitted to gather indoors in a public place but do count towards the maximum of 2 households permitted to meet. For example a children's party with 10 children from more than 2 separate households would not be allowable, but 6 adults and 4 children from 2 households could meet.

Children under 12 do not need to maintain physical distance from others indoors.

Where an individual household includes more than 6 people, they can nevertheless meet as a single household even if the total number of people exceeds 6.

You can go into another household to provide care and support for a vulnerable person. Read Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for unpaid carers.

When you meet people from another household indoors you should:

* minimise the number of meetings you have with people from other households each day

* stay at least 2 metres apart from anyone who is not part of your household, unless in a public venue that is operating 1 metre distancing with additional measures being in place to avoid transmission

* maintain hand and cough hygiene

* avoid touching hard surfaces with your hands

* wash your hands when you arrive, when you leave, when you get home and especially before eating or after touching surfaces

* not share food or utensils – if eating, each household should bring, prepare and eat its own food separately

* if possible, keep rooms well ventilated – consider opening windows or a door

Those at a higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus (including those who had been shielding, people 70 and over, people who are pregnant and people with an underlying medical condition) should strictly follow the physical distancing guidance.

Meeting others outdoors (socialising)

You can meet people from other households outdoors in a private garden or in a public place such as a park or an outdoor area of a pub. The maximum number of people who can meet outdoors is 6 which can be from up to 2 separate households.

Children under the age of 12 from these households do not count towards the total number of people counted in a gathering. Children under 12 do not need to maintain physical distance from others. This is to allow children under 12 to play with their friends outside.

Young people aged between 12 and 17 can meet up in groups of up to 6 at a time outdoors and are not subject to the 2 household limit. Physical distancing is required.

Where an individual household includes more than 6 people, they can continue to meet outside as a household even if the total number of people exceeds 6.

You should:

* minimise the number of meetings you have with people from other households each day

* stay at least 2 metres away from anyone who is not part of your household

* maintain hand and cough hygiene

* avoid touching hard surfaces with your hands

* wash your hands when you arrive, when you leave, when you get home and especially before eating or after touching surfaces

* not share food or utensils – if eating, each household should bring, prepare and eat its own food separately

Those at a higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus (including those who had been shielding, people 70 and over, people who are pregnant and people with an underlying medical condition) should strictly follow the physical distancing guidance.

Going into someone else's home (socialising)

If you are meeting people from another household, you should only go into their house to:

* access the garden – do so quickly and without touching anything

* use the toilet – avoid touching surfaces with your hands as much as possible, wipe any surfaces that you do touch with antibacterial wipes, wash your hands thoroughly, dry your hands with a freshly laundered towel or a paper towel, which you should dispose of in a closed bin.

If members of another household are going to visit you and might need to use your toilet, you should ensure appropriate cleaning materials are available. You should also provide either a hand towel for each visiting household or paper towels and a safe disposal option.

Extended households

People who live in different places can form an "extended household" in the following circumstances:

People who live alone

If you are an adult and you live alone, or if all others in your household are under 18, you, any...

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