Scottish border panic: Nicola Sturgeon admits plans to restrict travel from UK IMPOSSIBLE

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In a briefing today, Ms Sturgeon agreed with police concerns imposing restrictions on people entering Scotland from Covid hotspots in other parts of the UK would be difficult to enforce. The First Minister is currently considering cross-Border travel restrictions which would be legally enforceable after Wales threatened people from high-risk parts of Scotland and England with fines of £50 if they travel there.

 

However, the Police Federation of England and Wales said the measures introduced by the Welsh Government would be “unenforceable”.

Mark Bleasdale, Police Federation of England and Wales’ Welsh Lead, said: “On the face of it, this is unenforceable because of the difficulty of identifying where people are coming from and where they are going to.

“There will also be plenty of individuals travelling legitimately from areas which are not high risk, and this will only add to the other difficulties officers face when policing the existing regulations.”

But speaking during today’s First Minister’s briefing, Ms Sturgeon said: “Enforcement is one of the issues we have to consider in all of this.


 

“Whether you have guidance advising people not to travel or the law says you shouldn’t travel, it stands to reason you can’t have a police officer checking every car or every journey people are making.

“Whatever the system is based on, it involves a lot of willingness on the part of people to comply with that.

“So one of the things that we will be weighing up and deciding what to do is whether a regulatory approach coupled with enforcement gives us a more meaningful way to where necessary restrict travel from high to low prevalence areas.”

She told Express.co.uk: “We have ongoing discussions with Police Scotland, every piece of regulation and enforcement we have introduced and will continue to be the case, we do through discussion with Police Scotland so we understand what the issues and any concerns they might have around enforcement.”

Scotland has recorded nine deaths of coronavirus patients in the past 24 hours which takes the death toll under this measure – of people who first tested positive for the virus within the previous 28 days – to 2,594.

Speaking during the Scottish Government’s daily briefing, the First Minister also said 1,196 people have tested positive in the past 24 hours.

She also urged football fans to stay at home this weekend ahead of the first Celtic v Rangers clash of the season.

The Glasgow clubs will play behind closed doors at Celtic Park on Saturday due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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Ms Sturgeon asked fans to not gather outside the stadium or in other people’s homes.

With pubs closed in the central belt under temporary COVID-19 measures, Ms Sturgeon told fans not to travel to other parts of Scotland or to areas in England where such restrictions are not in force.

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