Posted by Gareth Icke Posted on 11 May 2020

Coronavirus: Non-essential trips to Scotland ‘could break law’

People who travel to Scotland for anything other than essential purposes are “potentially in breach of the law”, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

The Scottish first minster said there was no need for “confusion”, even as different lockdown rules come into effect in different parts of the UK.

Boris Johnson has urged more people to return to work as part of a plan to gradually ease restrictions in England.

But Ms Sturgeon said that in Scotland, “lockdown remains in place for now“.

She said: “If you are in Scotland, then the law in Scotland applies – and the law says that just now you can only be out of your own home for essential reasons.”

And she stressed that “it is not OK to drive into Scotland to beauty spots to visit places and for leisure”.

The prime minister is to set out further details about his “roadmap” towards lifting the virus lockdown later on Monday, having unveiled the “first careful steps” in a television address on Sunday evening.

He said people in England who cannot work from home should start to return to the workplace, while rules around outdoor exercise and recreation are to be eased.

Ms Sturgeon said the law and guidance in Scotland had not changed, and said: “I would hope all employers would respect that.”

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