If England now can 'travel' to exercise, how to stop them from bringing more infections to Scotland?

I'd like to see the plans of the Scottish Government how they want to stop people from England now exercising where and as often as they want. The PM said, they can now 'travel' (= drive) somewhere to exercise. This may trigger some ideas of travel to Scotland. Our Scottish lockdown can not prevent this from happening. There aren't any real borders which could be shut. The risk for remote regions and islands may increase drastically. On what legal grounds for example can the Scottish Government (or individual local authorities) for example prevent anybody to board ferries to outlying islands if the UK law does not ban it?

Why the contribution is important

THis is not only a public health issues, it is also an urgent legal question.

by Opportunity on May 10, 2020 at 07:19PM

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  • Posted by ArchieM May 10, 2020 at 19:37

    Will you be stopping the English lorries bring food maybe PPE at the border just in case the driver brings more infections?
  • Posted by OldDeuteronomy May 10, 2020 at 19:46

    Hopefully the Scots will also be allowed to travel for exercise soon, too, and we will be on an equal and sensible footing. There are remote regions and islands in England, too... what if some Scottish folk were to head south? We need to be realistic... Covid is here to stay, there is no chance of any vaccine within the next one to two (or more) years, if ever, and we cannot all live life in our own little cocoons forever more. Well, I guess you can if such is your desire?
  • Posted by Opportunity May 10, 2020 at 19:52

    This is nonsense. Deliveries of supplies have been taking place during lockdown as essential services. Even in countries where borders were shut. Unless people want to starve or wait for food parcels being dropped from a plane, there are some risks which have to be accepted to keep the nation fed and supplied. If you had read my post before writing a response, it would have been clear that this is about non-essential travel to exercise which could develop into some sort of recreational travel such as holidays.
  • Posted by mina412 May 10, 2020 at 20:13

    Scotland is a very beautiful country, I think there will be a great temptation for families to travel to either the Scottish Borders or Dumfries and Galloway from the North of England. Put it this way. Your next door neighbour who you are very friendly with is ill, with a horrible virus that can make you seriously ill or worse. Would you want them to come visiting you accompanied by their family? Who may or may not have it also? I know this is perhaps a poor comparison, but I am hoping people will understand what I mean. Essential travel for work is a different situation and cannot be compared to casual day trips.What may happen is people will drive to Southern Scotland with car loads of family members, their pets etc(to exercise). There is the possibility of people bringing the virus with them. Or sadly, visiting here and taking the virus home to their own communities or family. I would hate for this to happen for the sake of some exercise or a day out. I do hope people do not mistake my comments as not wanting English visitors, at any other time we warmly welcome our next door neighbours, but not while you are unwell. Having said all this I cannot see a solution. I really don't think the guidance on exercise has been clear enough at all. It would had been better for it to remain that people took their exercise locally.
  • Posted by Cheryl May 10, 2020 at 20:47

    I think this issue needs looked at more closely, it is worrying that those south of the border may travel to Scotland unnecessarily.
  • Posted by cunninghamcc May 11, 2020 at 07:20

    If somebody can travel from England to a remote island in one day, I’d be keen to know how. I don’t think this poses a huge risk, hospitality industry hasn’t been reopened yet either. I personally would interpret ‘travel to exercise’ as being able to travel to a local beach/hill/Loch etc.
  • Posted by Maramoto May 11, 2020 at 21:00

    Scotland has a higher r0 rate so concern ourselves with that first
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