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expert reaction to Scotland tightening COVID-19 restrictions around takeaway and click and collect services

Tightening of Scottish lockdown rules around takeaway and click and collect services have been announced, and will come into force on Saturday. 


Dr Simon Clarke, Associate Professor in Cellular Microbiology at the University of Reading, said:

“News of tightening of restrictions by the Scottish Government is unsurprising as the whole of the UK struggles to get the numbers of new infections under control.  However most of the most effective levers have already been pulled, such as closing schools, non-essential shops and pubs.  It remains essential that people continue to stay away from other people outside their household as much as possible, any extra measures could easily be cancelled out by small minorities of people being careless or willfully breaking the rules.

“While changes like restricting working to people’s homes, are definitely a movement in the right direction, things like banning entrance into takeaways are now in the realm of marginal changes which may help prevent some infections, but which are likely to have only a very small effect on the total transmission rate, if any.”



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