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Frequently asked questions on the new ‘Stay at Home’ regulations

The governments of the UK have announced new regulations that are designed to slow the spread of the virus and to ensure the NHS can deal effectively with this illness.

The new regulations are simple, but strict:

  • Stay at home
  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home

Below are some frequently asked questions about these new regulations.

The new restrictions start from 23 March 2020.
  • Stay at home
  • Only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)
  • Stay 2 metres (6ft) away from other people
  • Wash your hands as soon as you get home
Yes, you can go shopping for essentials, but stay 2m/6ft away from people when outside your house, and go shopping as infrequently as possible.
Yes, you can continue to leave the house and travel for health purposes, or to pick up medicines but stay 2m/6ft away from people when outside your house.
Yes, the government says that you can go out once per day to exercise (running, walking, cycling etc) but to do it alone, or only with people who you live with. Stay 2m/6ft away from people when outside your house.
Yes, key workers can continue to take their children to and from Childcare, observing the 2m/6ft restrictions.
Yes, if your children live part of their time at another parent's house, you can take them to and from that house.
The police will have powers to break up gatherings of people and to impose fines on those who don't follow the regulations.
In East Lothian, the Council have closed the beach car parks. You can still go to the beach or the park, but only alone, or with people in your household, or as part of essential travel. You cannot gather in groups in public areas.
The Government have said that this will last initially for three weeks, but may be extended if the science suggests that is necessary.
Unless your work is designated as key work, or otherwise essential to halting the spread of Coronavirus, you should arrange with your employer to stay at home. More information at this page: https://kennymacaskillmp.scot/coronavirus/employment-advice
Most banks are open, but may be operating reduced opening hours. Please check with your bank online for specific details.