Scotland has announced a raft of tough new measures aimed at combating the spread of coronavirus (Image: PA)
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Scotland has announced a raft of tough new measures aimed at combating the spread of coronavirus in the country – but are they likely to be implemented in England?
Among the new rules, which will come into force on Saturday, alcohol consumption outdoors will be banned in all Level 4 areas and there will be restrictions on non-essential retailers offering click-and-collect services.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the changes in the Scottish Parliament today with the new regulations set to come into force at the weekend, subject to approval.
The change is an attempt to limit the contact between other people or staff while indoors.
What do you think of the rule change and could it happen in England? Let us know in the comments below.
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But how likely is it that the same tougher new measures could be imposed in England and how do they compare?
Below political editor Dan Bloom examines the differences between the rules across the border and how likely they are to come into place elsewhere.
Can you leave your home?
SCOTLAND : Nobody who lives in a Level 4 area should leave or remain outside their home except for essential purposes.
ENGLAND : Under the national lockdown it's already the case that, by law, no one should "leave or be outside" their home anywhere in England unless they have a "reasonable excuse".
VERDICT : While the full list of essential purposes might end up differing slightly, it appears Scotland and England are very similar here.
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Should you work from home?
SCOTLAND : Working from home should now be the default position for all businesses and services, and only those who cannot do their job from home should be asked to go to the workplace.
ENGLAND : Guidance in England already states that people should only go to their workplace if they "cannot reasonably work from home". The law says you can only go to work if it is "not reasonably possible" to work from home.
VERDICT : Again, this seems similar in England to Scotland – though Nicola Sturgeon appeared to suggest there may be more of a focus on employers to ensure they're not asking people to come in unfairly.
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Can you use click and collect retail services?
SCOTLAND : Non-essential click and collect retail services will be banned in Level 4 areas – though clothing, baby equipment and books will count as essentials. Time slots will be required for collection.
ENGLAND : Click-and-collect services are currently allowed for all types of purchase, but have been repeatedly raised as something that could be banned if lockdown is tightened further. John Lewis has already suspended its click-and-collect services.
VERDICT : Scotland's new rules are harsher than those in England, but England might follow suit in the coming days.
Can businesses provide takeaway services?
SCOTLAND : Businesses providing takeaway food or essential click-and-collect will operate on a ‘non-entry’ basis only. This means customers cannot enter the premises when placing or collecting orders.
ENGLAND : There is no rule banning people from going inside a takeaway or shop to pick something up. If they do, they need to wear a mask by law.
VERDICT : Scotland's crackdown is stricter than England's. There has been little suggestion so far that a 'no entry' law will be introduced in England, but nothing is impossible.
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Is drinking alcohol banned in public?
SCOTLAND : Restrictions banning the consumption of alcohol in public places will be introduced.
ENGLAND : As far as we know, the national lockdown does not explicitly ban drinking alcohol in public. However, you need a "reasonable excuse" to leave your home and drinking alcohol is not one of these. You are only allowed to meet a friend in the park for "exercise", not "recreation". And pubs and takeaways are explicitly banned from selling takeaway alcohol.
VERDICT : The rules are different in England and Scotland, but they more or less amount to the same thing if you're caught drinking a can of beer with a mate in the park.
Can you work in the private home of someone else?
SCOTLAND : A new law will ban people working inside a private home unless it is essential for the upkeep, maintenance and functioning of the household.
ENGLAND : There is no such ban. Nannies, cleaners and tradespeople are all allowed in your home if it is deemed "reasonably necessary" for work.
VERDICT : The rules are stricter in Scotland than in England. So far, this is not a change that had been widely proposed in England.