Crossing the Scottish border will be illegal as of later this week amid sweeping new Covid restrictions that critics have labeled "deeply flawed".
From 6pm on Friday, entry or exit to Scotland is prohibited without proper apology and anyone caught can be fined £ 60.
People living in level three or four restricted areas – which include much of central Scotland – are also not allowed to leave their area.
However, the first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, was hit with allegations that the rules cannot be legally implemented by the Scottish Parliament. This sparked fears that travelers who oppose the lockdown could face their fines.
Crossing the Scottish border will be illegal as of later this week amid sweeping new Covid restrictions that critics have labeled "deeply flawed". Pictured: shoppers in Glasgow on Thursday
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon takes part in First Minister's Questions in the Scottish Parliament on November 19th
People living in level three or four restricted areas – which include much of central Scotland – are also not allowed to leave their area
In addition, a list of bizarre exceptions was made that would allow a violation of the travel rules.
Scots can leave the country – or their cordoned off area – to feed an animal, donate blood, or take a driving test.
Exceptions to the travel ban also apply for more frequent essential reasons for travel, including health reasons, at work or at school.
It also found that people who are prohibited from traveling to an airport by the regulations are unlikely to receive compensation if their flight resumes.
Scottish Conservative MSP Adam Tomkins, who is also Professor of Law at the University of Glasgow, said: “It is not at all clear whether the draft regulations published today fall within the purview of the Scottish Parliament.
"At least there are serious doubts about the legal competence to act as the Scottish ministers propose."
Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles warned that "any self-respecting attorney would advise a client not to pay a fine," while Scottish Labor leader Richard Leonard described the ban as "deeply flawed".
The travel regulations, which were published yesterday just one day before they came into force, include restrictions between Scotland and other parts of the common travel area: England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.
Under the heading "Restrictions on Leaving Scotland", the regulations state: "A person living in Scotland may not leave Scotland to enter or stay in any place within the common travel area."
Northern Ireland will extend the hospitality shutdown
Ministers in Northern Ireland have agreed to extend the pandemic hospitality restrictions by two weeks from November 27th.
Close-contact services and cafes can open as scheduled this Friday but will have to close again next Friday while other hospitality sectors such as pubs and licensed restaurants will remain closed continuously.
From November 27th, non-essential retail stores and services like hairdressers, beauticians and driving lessons will also have to close to protect an NHS battling an increase in coronavirus cases.
Take-away hospitality services are allowed, but leisure and entertainment services are closed.
The measures were taken when top doctors warned hospitals that otherwise they could be overwhelmed.
Aodhan Connolly of the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium said: “This couldn't come a worse time for retail.
"November and December are the peak trading months and millions of pounds a week are lost in sales during our busiest time."
The Stormont Executive also ruled that sporting events would only be allowed for top athletes without spectators.
Health Minister Robin Swann warned that further action would be needed before the end of this month to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
His ultimatum to Stormont colleagues was that a full lockdown in mid-December would not be enough to keep hospital services from becoming overwhelmed if they don't take action.
On this Friday, close contacts, cafes and cafes should be reopened.
The restrictions on pubs, restaurants and hotels should expire next Thursday.
A Stormont senior management meeting closed on Thursday evening.
Mr Swann also urged other ministers to consider local travel restrictions that were legally enforceable.
So far, they have only advised against "unnecessary travel".
The entry restrictions for Scotland state: "A person who lives in any place within the common travel area referred to in paragraph 4 may not enter or stay in Scotland." However, the regulations provide that travel can take place "to reach a location outside of Scotland".
Mr Tomkins said: “There are serious legal questions about the draft regulations published by the Scottish Government which contain rules on who can enter and stay in Scotland. These rules appear to affect British and Irish citizens across the UK and Ireland.
& # 39; Is that the jurisdiction of Holyrood? For one thing, freedom of movement seems to be expressly reserved for the British Parliament under the Scotland Act. Secondly, it is not clear that the Scottish Parliament can issue rules that contradict the common travel area, as agreed by Great Britain and Ireland. "
The First Minister, who yesterday defended the new travel regulations, said: “In such a situation, it is absolutely up to someone like me to do my best to do the right and necessary things, even if they are not always popular or welcome Things.
"I would fail in my responsibility if I did not do so because of travel restrictions."
The UK recorded 22,915 new cases today – a 31.5 percent decrease from last week – and 501 deaths, an 11 percent decrease.
Of these, 1,089 cases were in Scotland, while 50 deaths were reported north of the border.
Eleven parishes in West Central Scotland with a total population of 2.3 million people will enter restricted level 4 from 6pm on Friday.
All non-essential shops, pubs, restaurants, cafes, swimming pools, gyms and tourist attractions must be closed.
Tonight shoppers flocked to their local highways to enjoy one final hit of non-essential purchases before the rules go into effect.
Pictures showed huge crowds of locals using the shops before they – along with gyms and beauty salons – had to close their doors.
What was previously used as a guide for Scots to avoid entering or exiting Level 3 or 4 areas is now regulated by law, and those who break the rules will be fined £ 60.
And today the MSPs voted 99-23 in support of the restrictions. Today's parliamentary debate was not about approving or rejecting the amendments, but expressing Parliament's support for the regulations.
A Conservative amendment, which was rejected by 71 votes to 51, called on the Scottish government to release evidence of the move to the highest restrictions.
Scottish Labor tried to amend the government's motion to lift the travel ban and push for mass testing and improvements to Test and Protect, but the MSPs opposed the change by 99-22.
A green amendment urging the Scottish government to improve support for self-isolating people was also adopted unanimously.
Under the Scottish Government's coronavirus restrictions, all non-essential businesses must close in Level 4 areas while travel is restricted to essential trips only
Under the Scottish Government's coronavirus restrictions, people in Level 4 areas are not allowed to meet people from other households indoors, but they can meet outdoors
People living in level three or four restricted areas – which include much of central Scotland – are also not allowed to leave their area. Pictured: shoppers in Glasgow flock to a main street before unnecessary shops in Level 4 areas close after a three-week lockdown
Large crowds could be seen in Glasgow on the last night of non-essential shopping before the area was closed again
A motorway sign reads "Stay Local" as the Scottish government prepares to put travel restrictions into effect from Friday
Closing the debate, Michael Matheson, Minister of Transport, said: “Despite some disagreements shared this afternoon, I have no doubt … we all have the common goal of suppressing the virus as best we can and our country as well as this pandemic progresses as possible to manage. & # 39;
Donald Cameron, Tory MSP, said: “We have not yet heard of the justification for maintaining a Level 4 lockdown for three weeks, and the Scottish Government has not shared any evidence as to why that specific length of time.
"I wonder if they would set this three-week period as the absolute maximum and put that end date into law."
Mr Cameron also pointed out that there was a household blending ban in Glasgow, East Renfewshire and West Dunbartonshire as of September 1st.
Scottish Greens co-leader Patrick Harvie fought back tears as he paid tribute to those, including his own mother, who volunteered for vaccination trials and who had taken the "biological front" to the applause of other MSPs .
On Tuesday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon (pictured in First Minister's Questions on Thursday) announced that areas in western and central Scotland would be relocated from Level 3 to Level 4 for three weeks starting Friday, closing non-essential businesses and hospitality businesses
Scotland's Level 0-4 System, How It Works:
Level 0: As close as possible to normal. Broadly in line with the situation in Scotland in August when the virus was suppressed but is still there. At this level, eight people from three households can meet indoors, and most organizations would use open security measures.
Level 1: Household gatherings were reduced to six from two households, but overall a reasonable level of normality.
Level 2: Restrictions on hospitality and no gatherings in people's homes.
Level 3: Much of the hospitality is completely closed. But restaurants can be "at least partially" open.
Level 4: Closer to a full lockdown, with non-essential businesses closed. But six people from up to two households could still meet outdoors.
He added: “We should show immense respect to these many people because if we as Parliament can show the same selflessness in the way we do our work to protect our country as they have shown, we will well don't do bad. & # 39;
The Minister of Transport thanked Mr. Harvie's mother in his closing speech.
Union leader Richard Leonard railed against the travel restrictions that will be introduced by regulation on Friday.
He said, “This government travel ban seems like a poorly designed and ill-considered law rather than the evidence-based intervention we need.
"There is a risk of uneven application and, therefore, uneven treatment across Scotland. The risk is that this uncertainty will affect public confidence."
Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie looked back on the summer that saw Scotland go through several weeks without a single death from someone confirmed to have coronavirus. He claimed that the work was not done during this period, including examining people with no symptoms to make sure these restrictions were not necessary.
He said, "The government rejected – and I use this word carefully – asymptomatic mass tests. They believed that a negative test would make people relax and ignore the rules."
Mr Rennie said the Scottish government had not increased testing capacity as a result, but praised ministers now agreeing that asymptomatic testing is necessary, adding that they are now "catching up quickly".
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