New COVID-19 Restrictions Makes Crossing Scottish Border Illegal

The Scottish government has made traveling to and from the country without a “reasonable excuse” illegal, according to a published draft of regulations aimed to contain the spread of COVID-19.

The Scottish government has made traveling to and from the country without a “reasonable excuse” illegal, according to a published draft of regulations aimed to contain the spread of COVID-19.

According to the draft document, those who live in Scotland must not travel to any territory in the Common Travel area — England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, and Wales — unless there is a “reasonable excuse,” such as for work, education, and health.

The new travel regulations also applies to those who live in the Common Travel area, restricting them from entering Scotland.

The draft regulations also limits travel within Scotland for those living in level 3 or 4 local authority areas as it requires them “to stay in that area unless they have a reasonable excuse.”

Those who breach the border restrictions can be penalized with £30 ($40) fines, which will double to £60 ($80) if not paid within 28 days. The fines can reach up to £960 ($1,274) for repeat offenders.

However, opposition parties have called the regulations “deeply flawed.”

“The overwhelming majority of people are just trying to keep up with regulations in order to follow them. But the best case scenario is that this travel ban, as it stands, will confuse them. The worst case scenario is that it will criminalize them,” Scottish Labour Party Leader Richard Leonard said.

The travel restrictions are set to come into effect on Nov. 20 at 6 p.m.


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