Threat of Scots five-mile legal travel limit is shelved by Humza Yousaf

The prospect of a five mile legal travel limit on Scots drivers has been shelved after a fall in the number of people flouting coronavirus guidelines.

Justice secretary Humza Yousaf
Justice secretary Humza Yousaf

Nicola Sturgeon had warned that limit could be enshrined in law after hundreds flocked to beauty spots during the first weekend of lockdown being eased. The First Minister also hinted that a legal cap of eight on the number of people gathering outside may be introduced. The measures do remain as official guidance for Scots in phase one of lockdown.

But Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf today said the prospect of them being enshrined in law is now on hold.

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"I am in regular contact with the Chief Constable about public behaviour and levels of compliance," he told MSPs today.

Humza Yousaf says no new laws are now planned

"The Scottish Government does not consider it to be necessary at this time to create new offences to enforce the rules.

"However, we will continue to monitor the situation and not hesitate to legislate or indeed put existing guidance into regulation if necessary."

Police were forced to disperse more than 2,000 gatherings when the first phase of lockdown exit came into force the weekend before last.

But Mr Yousaf said today those issues were "far fewer" during the weekend just passed.

"The overwhelming majority of people are acting in line with the rules," he added.

"I would like to take this opportunity to simply record my thanks to thse who are playing a vital role in reducing the spread of the virus.

"I cannot stress enough how important it is that people follow the rules, the R number remains precariously close to one and we're at a very critical stage."

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