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New COVID-19 Regulations Ban Anyone From Entering or Leaving Scotland

by Eben Diskin Nov 20, 2020

If you thought a 10-person limit at Thanksgiving dinner was tough, try living in Scotland. As of tonight at 6:00 PM local time, anyone living in Scotland will not be allowed to enter or leave the country — even to go to neighboring England, without a reasonable excuse. The controversial new regulations are intended to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

According to the rules, anyone living in Scotland cannot travel to England, Wales, Northern Ireland, or the Republic of Ireland, and people from those places can’t travel to Scotland. Exceptions include taking a driving test, feeding an animal, donating blood, and other common exemptions surrounding work, school, and health.

Even further, those living in level three or four local authority areas, which includes a large part of central Scotland, are now required to stay there unless they have an excuse to travel. People living in other areas of Scotland are also forbidden from traveling to those areas.

The travel ban will be enforced with a fine of $40 for first offenders and $80 for second offenders.

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