Shops across Scotland will be stopped from offering non-essential ‘click and collect’ services in a further tightening of national lockdown measures, Scottish first minister, Nicola Sturgeon has detailed today.
Sturgeon told the Scottish parliament that shops would only be allowed to offer click and collect for essential goods such as clothes, shoes, baby equipment, books, and homeware. These further restrictions will be put in place from Saturday, January 16th.
Similarly, customers will be banned from entering buildings to collect take aways from food vendors.
“I must stress at the outset that the situation we face in relation to the virus remains very precarious and extremely serious,” Sturgeon said, welcoming voluntary decisions made by retailers such as John Lewis to end their own click and collect services in order to drive the number of people leaving their homes downwards.
After announcing 79 further deaths, with 1,794 people in hospital with Covid, Sturgeon said shops must also stagger collection times by offering appointments.
Sturgeon said the law in Scotland requiring people to stay at home would also be tightened up to make it clear people were not legally allowed to remain outdoors for non-essential reasons. It has brought Scotland’s rules in line with those in the rest of the UK.
“Case numbers are still so high – and the new variant is so infectious – that we must be as tough and as effective as we can to stop it spreading,” she said.
“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.”