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SCOTLAND STAY AT HOME LOCKDOWN FROM 05 JANUARY

This news update supercedes previous member updates. It is relevant to Scotland only and was drafted on 04 January 2021 at 1800.

We will be updating on other UK regions in due course.

From midnight on 4th January the Scottish mainland and Skye will be under a stay at home order until at least the end of the month.

SCOTLAND STAY AT HOME LOCKDOWN FROM 05 JANUARY

Scottish restriction levels by area:
https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-protection-levels/pages/protection-levels-by-area/

NOTE: All islands in the Highland area will continue to be in Level 3 with the exception of Skye, which is level 4.

Scotland 'stay at home' order for all level 4 areas:
https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/

There are a limited number of exceptions for essential travel. These are listed in the above link. They include work that simply cannot be done from home and animal welfare work such as farming and essential wildlife management and pest control.

SHOOTING & COUNTRY SPORTS

Extract from ScotGov link:

  • A maximum of 2 people from 2 separate households can meet outdoors for sport or exercise. Children under the age of 12 from these households do not count towards this number.
  • The members of an individual household or extended household can meet outdoors for sport or exercise.
  • You can travel for local outdoor sport or exercise such as meeting another person, walking, cycling, golf or running that starts and finishes at the same place (which can be up to 5 miles from the boundary of your local authority area), as long as you abide by the rules on meeting other households.
  • Indoor sports facilities are closed.
  • Outdoor non-contact sports such as golf and tennis are permitted for all age groups provided this is within a single household group, or the group contains no more than 2 people from 2 different households. Children under the age of 12 from these households do not count towards this number.
  • Organised sport and exercise can only take place within a single household group, or a group containing no more than 2 people from 2 different households. Children under the age of 12 from these households do not count towards this number.

Sadly, this firmly brings an end to the shooting season in terms of multiple household organised shoots, such as with driven shoots. Our interpretation of the ScotGov wording is that organised outdoor sports can continue as long as you can abide by the new household and meeting restrictions i.e. maximum of 2 people from 2 households or an extended household.

The term 'organised sport' includes organised shooting, angling and other country sports e.g. stalking, duck flighting, rough shooting, informal clay shooting etc. However, you must keep travel to within 5 miles from the boundary of your local authority area.

Despite the race to roll out vaccines, the UK is clearly in a challenging virus and hospital capacity situation. We completely share your frustration, but also your resolve to, eventually, make this year way better than 2020. These are extraordinary times. Stay well, sensible and positive.

As ever, we will update as we know more.