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SCOTTISH CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS FROM 20 NOVEMBER 2020

The below is our current understanding of the latest Scottish coronavirus restrictions relevant to shooting and country sports coming into force in Scotland from Friday 20 November. Clearly many of you will have shooting booked in for the coming weekend and you need to know where you stand.

SCOTTISH CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS FROM 20 NOVEMBER 2020

Please read through the Tier and travel restriction extracts below. Our summary of the likely effects on shooting, country sports and wildlife management are at the end. this current TIER 4 situation is due to come to an end on 11 december.

We will update further as soon as we know more.

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT CORONAVIRUS WEBSITE (link includes a postcode checker)

PERSONS LIVING IN TIER 4

Travel

Travel restrictions will be put into law on 20 November to further enforce the current guidance that restricts people who live in a Level 3 or Level 4 local authority area from travelling outside their local authority except for an essential purpose - such as essential work or caring responsibilities.

The regulations also prevent non-essential travel into a Level 3 or 4 local authority area, except for the same reasons.

Meeting others outdoors

The maximum number of people who can meet outdoors is 6, which can be from up to 2 separate households.

Outdoor exercise/sport

Outdoor non-contact sports are permitted for all age groups providing you comply with the households restrictions.

You are permitted to meet up to 6 other persons from a maximum of 2 households outdoors for outdoor informal exercise or sport. Current guidance is that this should be kept ‘local’ to your home.

PERSONS LIVING IN TIERS 2 and 3

Travel

Travel restrictions will be put into law on 20 November to further enforce the current guidance that restricts people who live in a Level 3 or Level 4 local authority area from travelling outside their local authority except for an essential purpose - such as work or caring responsibilities.

The regulations also prevent non-essential travel into a Level 3 or 4 local authority area, except for the same reasons.

Meeting others outdoors

The maximum number of people who can meet outdoors is 6, which can be from up to 2 separate households.

Outdoor exercise/sport

Organised outdoor non-contact sports, personal training and coaching are permitted, provided appropriate safety measures are followed. Currently, this includes organised shooting and country sports, as long as you follow our sector’s Government-approved Covid guidance. Link HERE.

PERSONS LIVING IN TIER 1

Travel

Travel restrictions will be put into law on 20 November to further enforce the current guidance that restricts people who live in a Level 3 or Level 4 local authority area from travelling outside their local authority except for an essential purpose - such as work or caring responsibilities.

The regulations will also prevent non-essential travel into a Level 3 or 4 local authority area, except for the same reasons.

Meeting others outdoors

From 19 November, restrictions around outdoor socialising for those in Level 1 are to be extended to allow 8 people from 3 households to meet outdoors. Currently only six people from 2 households are permitted to meet outdoors in Tier 1 areas.

Outdoor exercise/sport

All organised outdoor sports, personal training and coaching are permitted, provided appropriate safety measures and any standing sector guidance is followed.

Also, in Tier 1 areas, indoor group exercise classes and non-contact sports are permitted, provided safety measures are followed. This may include indoor shooting clubs.

TIER 0

Nowhere in Scotland is currently in Tier 0, but we look forward to all of us being in this Tier very soon.

Travel ban exceptions

Travel restrictions extract from ScotGov travel guidance page:

The link above, which will likely be updated when the new legislation is passed, has a longer list, but below are the current travel ban exceptions with some relevance to shooting and country sports:

“This is a list of limited exceptions from the guidance not to travel into or out of Level 3 and 4 local authority areas, or to or from other parts of the UK. Please do not see these as loopholes. It is important for everyone’s safety that we all minimise such travel as much as possible.”

· “travel for work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, but only where that cannot be done from your home

· travel for essential animal welfare reasons, such as feeding a horse or going to a vet

· local outdoor informal exercise such as walking, cycling, golf, or running (in groups of up to 6 people from no more than 2 households) that starts and finishes at the same place

· travel locally (within around 5 miles of your local authority area) to reach a place to take exercise outdoors

· travel to transit through Level 3 and 4 areas by road or public transport if your journey begins and ends outside such an area”

CAR SHARING

Current Scottish Government guidance is that you should avoid sharing a vehicle with people who are not members of your household or extended household as much as possible. If you have no other option, you should:

· keep to small groups of people up to 6 at any one time

· keep your distance and take care entering and exiting the vehicle

· sit as far apart as possible in the vehicle, avoiding face-to-face

· maintain good ventilation by keeping the car windows open

· wear a face covering, unless you are exempt

· clean your hands before and after your journey

· if the vehicle is your responsibility, clean the door handles and other areas that people touch

· If you regularly share transport whether it is a car or minibus or other private vehicle, try and share with the same people each time

POLICE SCOTLAND

The current Police Scotland position on travel bans for Tier 3 and 4 areas:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-54978119

SHOOTING AND COUNTRY SPORTS FROM 20 NOVEMBER

Currently, it is our understanding from the information available to us that the outdoor group gathering exemption for organised outdoor sports, such as game shooting, will no longer apply in Tier 4 areas from Friday 20 November. In any case, you will not be permitted to travel to organised shoots, which would normally be attended by multiple persons from multiple households. The 6 persons from a maximum of 2 households rule will come into force for outdoor exercise and non-contact sports.

Further, the travel ban will curtail travel within Tier 3 and 4 areas and into or out of Tier 3 and 4 areas for all but essential purposes (see above for list). Multiple person organised shoots and country sports will not be regarded as an essential travel purpose.

Individual, inter-household, or together with one person from another household outdoor exercise can continue in Tier 4 areas. This may include golf, angling, informal shooting, walking etc. and should be kept local to your home.

Essential work-related shooting and wildlife management can continue in Tier 4 areas e.g. pest control, essential deer management. It would be advisable to get a letter from the farmer or landowner stating that your work and travel is essential to them.

In Tier 1, 2 and 3 areas, multi-person shoots will be able to continue providing they follow the Covid guidance framework for country sports (link HERE). However, as well as for those living in Tier 4 areas, persons living in Tier 3 areas will not be permitted to travel to other Tier areas for any purpose other than those deemed to be justifiably essential - this does not include organised shooting or other country sports. And persons living in Tier 1 and 2 areas will not be permitted to travel to Tier 3 and 4 areas for country sports or other non-essential purposes.

Persons from Tiers 1 and 2 areas will be able to travel to other Tier 1 and 2 areas, including travelling through Tier 3 or 4 areas to get to their Tier 1 or 2 destination. For example, you will be allowed to travel from the Highlands (currently Tier 1) to the Borders (currently Tier 2) through Tier 3 and 4 areas.

Essential animal husbandry and wildlife management work can continue in all Tier areas, including Tier 4.

You are permitted to travel for essential work; however, it is up to you or your employer to provide that justification if challenged. Again, it would be prudent to get an essential work travel letter from your employer or farmer/landowner.

We will update this document as matters develop and new information comes to light. Any future changes will be appropriately listed and highlighted.