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New travel quarantine list as leisure sector resumes

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A significant rise in the number of cases of coronavirus in Austria, Croatia, Switzerland and Trinidad and Tobago means travellers from these countries will have to self-isolate for 14 days on arrival in Scotland from 4am this Saturday.

Portugal will be removed from the list of destinations requiring quarantine.

Scotland has adopted the same measures as England, with the addition of Switzerland.

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said: “We cannot emphasise enough that if people choose to travel abroad, they must be aware that quarantine requirements may change while they are away. The same can be said for the rules within the country or territory people are travelling to.”

The new restrictions were announced after the First Minister said leisure destinations such as gyms, bingo halls and swimming pools can reopen in Scotland, bringing relief to cash-squeezed operators, and members looking to get back to regular leisure activity.

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The police will be given extra powers to deal with house parties flouting the safety measures while local authorities will have the power to act in respect of hospitality premises that are breaching guidelines.

But the Federation of Small Businesses expressed concern that offices will remain shut, putting more pressure cafes and others who rely on worker footfall.

Andrew McRae, the FSB’s Scotland policy chairman, said: “The more firms that can re-open their doors, the fitter the Scottish economy becomes. So it is good news that local gyms and fitness studios are likely to be putting us through our paces at the end of the month. 

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