Coronavirus in Scotland: Takeaway and click-and-collect services hit by new restrictions

Six new restrictions have been announced for Scotland, with takeaway and click-and-collect services among those affected.

Nicola Sturgeon made the announcement during today’s First Minister’s Questions, with limits on click-and-collect services, and takeaway food and drink being among the six changes which will come into force.

Customers will no longer be permitted to go inside to collect takeaway food or coffee.

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Any outlet wishing to offer takeaway will have to do so from a serving hatch or doorway.

The new restrictions come as part of six changes.
The new restrictions come as part of six changes.

The First Minister also announced that from Saturday, it will be against the law in all level 4 areas of Scotland to drink alcohol outdoors in public.

Ms Sturgeon also said that further obligations would be put on employers to help workers stay at home.

The First Minister said she also wanted to strengthen the provisions in relation to work by tradesmen inside people’s houses, and added an amendment to the regulations requiring people to stay at home.

After outlining the changes, Ms Sturgeon added: "I know that none of this makes for enjoyable listening.

Takeaways will be hit with new restrictions.

“If it is any comfort - though I don’t expect it will be - it gives me no pleasure to be talking about further restrictions on businesses and on our individual freedoms to come and go as we please.

“But please know that we would be doing none of this, if we did not believe it essential to get and keep this potentially deadly virus under control.

Case numbers are still so high – and the new variant is so infectious – that we must use be as tough and as effective as we can to stop it spreading.

That means taking further steps to stop people from meeting and interacting, indoors and also outdoors.

Today’s measures will help us to achieve that. They are a regrettable, but necessary, means to an end.

Six changes: What do the new restrictions mean?

Click-and-collect

Only retailers selling essential items will be allowed to offer click-and-collect. This will include, for example, clothes and footwear, baby equipment, homeware and books. All other click-and-collect services must stop.For click and collect services that are allowed, staggered appointments will need to be offered to avoid any potential for queuing, and access inside premises for collection will not be permitted.

Takeaway food and drink

You can no longer go inside the takeaway to collect food or coffee.

Any outlet wishing to offer takeaway will have to do so from a serving hatch or doorway.

Alcohol consumption

You can no longer drink alcohol outdoors in a level 4 area. Buying a takeaway pint and consuming it in public is not permitted.

Employers and homeworking

Statutory guidance will ensure that employers support employees to work from home wherever possible.

Trades workers and home maintenance

Previous guidance will become law, that work is only permitted within a private dwelling if it is essential for the upkeep, maintenance and functioning of the household.

The ‘stay-at-home loophole’

A previous loophole meant that someone might leave their home for an essential purpose but then do something that is not essential.

The law now makes it clear that people must not leave or remain outside the home unless it is for an essential purpose.