Restricting longer distance travel

Would it be an idea to consider the Social Bubble idea on a regional scale? E.G, restricting travel outwith Council/Regional areas? I live in Inverness & it would be possible to isolate the Highlands as a separate 'bubble'. I can see that this may be harder to achieve in the Central Belt, but if Covid-19 cases were at a small enough level within the regional area, allowing a degree of free movement within that area, whilst restricting (or even prohibiting totally, apart from essential travel) outwith or into that regional area could be a way of restricting the spread (in conjunction with Test, Trace, Isolate as well).

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My idea is an attempt to allow a greater level of social interaction, whilst preventing the uncontrolled spread of Covid-19. Not sure how practical it is, but hopefully, along with Test, Trace & Isolate, that it may allow a safe easing of lockdown measures

by jingsmonty on May 06, 2020 at 06:05PM

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  • Posted by WSR May 06, 2020 at 19:27

    It is important that we are allowed to travel to see our families. I am widowed and live alone with no friends or neighbours nearby. I only moved to Scotland recently so don't have a local social network for support. All my family lives scattered across England. I would love to see them again, see my little granddaughter in Berkshire and be at my daughter's wedding in Newcastle. Family ties are important so please find a way of allowing travel to visit families, even over great distances.
  • Posted by jonmiles May 06, 2020 at 19:30

    I cannot see that putting a restriction on travelling distance is a key concern. Driving with those of your household any distance carries the same risk whether 1 mile or 1000 miles. What would seem to me to be important would be social distancing and limited contact at your destination as opposed to how far that was away. Day trips ok but not overnight stay.
  • Posted by Movingforward May 06, 2020 at 19:54

    I think we should be able to travel to see family who live in other areas. If this doesn’t happen when will it ? When a vaccine is found a year or two from now ?? What if there is NO vaccine ? We need to be able to see our families very soon.
  • Posted by theresasheldon May 06, 2020 at 20:00

    If you are in your own car I don't see hlthat this should matter. What about folk whose only relatives are 100 miles away or more
  • Posted by Richs May 06, 2020 at 20:06

    Don’t like the idea of a bubble approach but if that is what is going to happen then a fair approach must be applied where people are permitted to travel to see family . Not all families live near each other and only fair to allow travel to visit close family
  • Posted by Nursewifemother May 06, 2020 at 20:13

    My family are in England but still think it’s too far to travel. Would rather wait than cause extra traffic on road unnecessarily
  • Posted by NicholaHepburn May 06, 2020 at 20:39

    If regional lockdowns are carried out then I think that long distance travel should be restricted except for key workers/deliveries/exceptional circumstances.
  • Posted by Cummic May 06, 2020 at 21:24

    My sister who sometimes cares for me lives 200 miles away and comes up when needed . I have m.s and need her help
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