Reasonable excuses to go out as ‘stay at home’ order returns

New lockdown rules prevent people from leaving their homes unless they have a 'reasonable excuse'.

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People in Scotland have been told to stay at home in a bid to supress rising levels of coronavirus.

A new legally enforceable lockdown began at midnight on Tuesday, with people only allowed to leave their homes for essential reasons.

Here’s a list of what the Scottish Government describes as “reasonable excuses” for heading outside:

  • To go work, a job interview or if you’re providing voluntary or charitable services – but only where it can’t be done from home;
  • For education, if you can’t learn from home;
  • Outdoor exercise in your local area. If running, you can travel five miles outwith your council region;
  • You can leave home to receive healthcare, including coronavirus testing and vaccinations, or for emergency help;
  • Essential shopping, including for a vulnerable person, although the guidance asks you to use online shopping or stay local;
  • For shared parenting, to access childcare or other parental support services;
  • Visiting a bank is OK to withdraw or deposit money;
  • Other essential services, such as drug or alcohol support or visiting a food bank;
  • To access public services when its not possible to do so from home;
  • Providing care for a vulnerable person;
  • Meeting a person from your extended household;
  • Legal obligations, such as a court appearance or to meet bail conditions, and to register births;
  • Animal welfare, such as exercising, feeding or visiting a vet;
  • Attending a funeral, wedding or civil partnership ceremony;
  • It’s fine to leave home to donate blood;
  • Activities related to moving home or carrying out maintenance on a property you own;
  • To take part in professional sports, including training and competition;
  • Escaping injury, illness or a risk of harm;
  • Visiting a person in hospital, a hospice or a care home, or to take someone to a medical appointment;
  • Registering to vote in an election – the Scottish Parliament election is due to take place in May;
  • Visiting a person in prison or another place of detention.
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