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  • #13991
    Andrew
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    The Highlands continue to be trodden by York MC, (although not necessarily in Trip Reports).
    Mountaineering Scotland has today updated its guidance following the increased coronavirus restrictions introduced by the Scottish government a week ago (see below). It was of course announced on national news last week that Scottish law only allows a maximum of TWO households to meet outdoors. So unless you are on the hill with your partner, spouse, or manservant, these words effectively mean that you’re limited to a party of TWO.

    Mountaineering Scotland have confirmed that this is correct. (There is an exception for “organised groups” but the standard of organisation would be significantly more than is usually seen on our typical Munro-ing weekends.)

    ANDREW

    Advice for groups and clubs – Mountaineering Scotland Update, 17th Sep 2020

    Following recent changes to the advice and guidance issued by the Scottish Government and the introduction of the rule of 6 restricting the numbers that can meet indoors and outdoors we can confirm this does apply to informal exercise including walking.

    The Scottish Government Guidance states:
    “You may meet outdoors with members of one other household, up to a maximum group size of 6, for informal exercise or activity.”

    Clubs may continue to organise activities for groups of up to 30 from multiple households if they follow the steps detailed in the Mountaineering Scotland guidance for clubs.

    If club members wish to head outdoors in Scotland in an informal way (i.e. not as a club meet) the ‘rule of 6’ people in a group from no more than 2 households will apply.

    For more information see the Scottish Government Phase 3 advice on sports, culture and leisure activities.

    #13993
    Stephen Murray
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    Unless of course,yourself and up to 30 chums want to bag a brace of grouse,then you can jolly well do as you please !

    #14032
    Andrew
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    I have just heard it said on BBC TV that in Scotland car sharing by people from different households is to be made illegal.

    So trips north this winter look like being OPOC. (one person one car). Which will not be easy. Needs to be checked out by anyone planning such, I guess.
    ANDREW

    #14127
    Andrew
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    The Scottish Tier system which will come into effect next week was debated in the Scottish Parliament yesterday. There is a clear summary here https://news.stv.tv/politics/at-a-glance-scotlands-new-coronavirus-levels-system
    In levels 1-4, the current restriction remains that outdoor meetings are limited to two households max six people. In level Zero this is eased to 15 people from 5 households. However it is not expected that any area will go straight into Level Zero at present.

    The Levels to which different parts of Scotland are assigned, are to be announced in the coming days. I think it is intended that these will be local government areas (ie instead of Health Boards).
    Highland Council area does not cover all the Highlands, NB. It is basically north from Glencoe.
    https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1f/Highland_in_Scotland.svg

    ANDREW

    #14129
    Andrew
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    Apparently no area has been placed into either the highest (4) or lowest (0) Tier. Which means that the current 2 households outdoors limit will continue, unless some of the highlands gets into Tier 0 in the future
    Andrew

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