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Scotland cuts limit on social gatherings to six people – and says working from home to stay


Scotland is to limit social gatherings to a maximum of six people from two households – both indoors and outdoors, Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

The first minister said the move was "the only responsible decision we can reach" given the rise in COVID-19 cases.

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And she added that the reopening of call centres and offices where staff are still working from home would "definitely not take place" before October 1, when this will be reviewed.

Speaking during First Minister's Questions on Thursday, Ms Sturgeon said the laws around the new limit will come into force on Monday but that people should comply with them immediately.


The new rules mean there will be some limited exceptions, including organised sports and places of worship, and children under 12 will not count towards the limit.

Previously, people were allowed to meet in groups of up to eight from three households indoors and 15 from five households outdoors.

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A limit of 20 people for funerals, weddings and civil partnerships will remain and will also apply to wakes and receptions.

It follows Prime Minister Boris Johnson announcing people in England "must not meet socially in groups of more than six" from Monday.

Image: First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced the changes to MSPs at Holyrood

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