Allow travel and recreation- within 30 miles of your home

As lockdown is slowly released, there needs to be a way of supporting communities without exposing our Highlands and Islands to risk from a large influx of people.

Why the contribution is important

We cannot afford to risk viral spread further, especially not into remote, low populated areas where testing and treating facilities are harder to provide. Allowing people to travel, but only in their local area will allow support for businesses and recreation, without risking an influx from a larger volume or geographic range of people. This reduces risk to these communities and makes contact tracing any positives much easier.

by anuvet on May 08, 2020 at 09:39AM

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Based on: 25 votes


  • Posted by anniemckain May 08, 2020 at 09:42

    My family live further away so this would not help people whose family do not live close. I would love to see my son and daughter in law as I live alone
  • Posted by Theturner May 08, 2020 at 09:45

    This would tie in with my idea for caravaning with in a 30 mile radius from home.
  • Posted by Elkie May 08, 2020 at 09:46

    This might work. But it would possibly quite a bit of supervision by the police.
  • Posted by tonywatson1 May 08, 2020 at 09:47

    Good idea but very difficult to police
  • Posted by Rm89 May 08, 2020 at 09:48

    I don't believe, according to the Health Protection Scotland law, that there are any restrictions on where you can travel for exercise, or how often you can exercise. 8.5.B does not mention distance. It is therefore lawful to do ththislready. "to take exercise, either alone or with other members of their household"
  • Posted by AlisonChandler May 08, 2020 at 09:54

    My 92yr old Mum and sister with her own health problems live further away. They have no accesd to car and live remotely.
  • Posted by jferrie May 08, 2020 at 09:55

    Can this be 50 miles?
  • Posted by Kim May 08, 2020 at 10:00

    I don't think this will suit everyone who needs to see their families. it should be that you can mix with you own family irrespective of the distance.
  • Posted by JacquelineR May 08, 2020 at 10:04

    I think the travel distance needs to be balanced against your geographical area and a categorisation system established based on risk, e.g. like France who have defined "red zones" (Glasgow) . I like the idea of Green Zones. Advantages of green-zoning This reunification process might seem tedious, as the size of the green zones, while often increasing, might also decrease from time to time. But our study suggests that when the probability of new infections is controlled, this process would still enable an exponentially fast return to normality. A country such as the UK, our simulations suggest, could be reunified within two to four months. This assumes sufficient sanitary measures are maintained, and testing becomes more widely available.
  • Posted by Obanne May 08, 2020 at 10:05

    My son and daughter live more then 30miles away. Could we visit them but not travel away from their homes while doing so. They stay in different areas.
  • Posted by MikeJohnston May 08, 2020 at 10:19

    No good. Creates divisions. What if you're at 31 miles? And how about Argyll? Road distance or crow-fly or by water?
  • Posted by Sulphonamide May 08, 2020 at 11:10

    This would have to be based on goodwill from the public, as I do not see how it could be policed other than by random checks by an overworked force - but if it were something like "stay within your NHS region" then it might make a degree of sense. I would love to head to the middle of nowhere in the NW, but can also see that it is unfair for me to bring Grampian to them. Would I comply....yes, probably (though could you make it 60 miles?).
  • Posted by ProudTeuchter May 08, 2020 at 11:36

    "Thirty Miles" is an arbitrary number and I think it should be set by each local authority or community council. But yes, good idea!
  • Posted by Quesada19 May 08, 2020 at 15:29

    People should be able to go to holiday homes as they can still observe the social distancing rules. This is part of their lives & they have worked hard to afford a holiday home!
  • Posted by JoanofArc May 10, 2020 at 11:36

    Agree travel should be restricted as lockdown is eased so that hotspots can be contained. Various methods could be adopted - council regions, distance etc until free movement is again deemed safe.
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