In addition, I am beginning to impose government-wide reporting guidelines. This committee could contribute to that, and that work could begin almost immediately. I hope that instead of amending the bill, we can move things forward. If you are travelling to a Scottish island, it is recommended to take a Covid test beforehand. I pay tribute to the team responsible for the bill and others who worked tirelessly with ministers to bring forward strong legislation in these difficult and volatile circumstances. As other members have indicated, these circumstances are unique in our lifetime. We have a common goal, and judging by the contributions measured so far, I am confident that this crucial legislation will be passed today. Financial support from the Scottish Government and updates on the Find Business Support website. And at least in terms of Covid, there are no legal restrictions on what you can do to celebrate our second pandemic Christmas. Find out where your local walk-in vaccination service is located by visiting NHS Information. Check out our main coronavirus page for the latest guides. The purpose of the bill is to respond to the emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The Bill complements the changes affecting Scotland made by the Coronavirus Act 2020 (“the 2020 Act”).
This law was passed by the UK Parliament on 25 March 2020. In Scotland, the bill before us temporarily extends the notice period for all but certain limited evictions. Extended notice periods are either six months in most cases or three months for antisocial or criminal behaviour, or if a landlord or family member has to move into the property. As the Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland has pointed out, we must ensure that victims of domestic violence are not trapped in their homes with the perpetrators. You should have regular lateral flow tests if you do not have symptoms of COVID-19. If you test positive for LFD, changes to the test arrangements mean you don`t need to do a PCR test to confirm it. We must now recognize that it is likely that we will not do everything right in the short time we have. In retrospect, there will be aspects of the bill that, in retrospect, are wrong or could have been better worded.
However, we are in an emergency situation, which is why we must move forward with legislation without the normal level of protection. Your emotional and mental well-being is important. Read the instructions on how to take care of your mental well-being and mental health. Prime Minister Paul Givan said no further Covid restrictions were currently needed and that a plan to tighten controls around the wearing of face coverings had been abandoned. Self-isolation is when you don`t leave your home because you have or could have the coronavirus (COVID-19). This helps to stop the spread of the virus to other people. If you are travelling to a country classified as high-risk by the UK government, your insurance policy may not be valid. With regard to Amendment 18, Shelter Scotland states that many people are being asked to leave their temporary accommodation during the pandemic. Shelter gave me two cases: in Dundee, an 18-year-old was asked to leave his home on short notice due to unpaid service fees, but the Salvation Army later took care of it; and another person was invited to leave when a private hostel was closed and was not reimbursed for the nights they had already paid for. Amendment No 18 could fill a gap in the legislation. We all agree that during the pandemic, no one should be evicted from temporary housing without due process. The development may leave much to be desired, but I await assurances from the minister that people in temporary shelters will not be treated differently or unfairly during the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, I am aware that the legal standard for departing from human rights standards is rightly high and that, above all, hard-won measures for the protection of human rights are the most important and vulnerable in times of emergency and crisis. Extraordinary powers must be subject to appropriate limits; regular renewal is essential; and the burden of justifying restrictions must rest with the government and be open to appropriate and timely review and challenge by existing bodies outside Parliament and, of course, Parliament itself. When laws are introduced that give the government unprecedented powers, it will be important to have confidence that Parliament will hold the government accountable through oversight. That is why Neil Findlay`s earlier point about the government`s accountability to Parliament is crucial. If you are a close contact who is not fully vaccinated, you should self-isolate for 10 days and book a PCR test. Even if your test result is negative, you must complete the 10-day self-isolation. Additional restrictions will be introduced as the 2021 holiday season approaches, such as physical distancing, limiting the number of people in a store, and/or screens. 8.(1) This subsection applies to a legal obligation (however worded) —.
The government should consider going further to help tenants who are not covered by a state system or universal credit through no fault of their own. I recognize that we cannot see the big picture at this time. There are millions of people who are self-employed or who have lost their jobs and who are not under the government system or who receive only a percentage of their salary. We cannot yet see all the effects. Extension of the time limits within which certain authorities can respond, I stress that the power provided for in the bill does not in itself release prisoners; This will require secondary legislation, and much of the detail, including the categories of prisoners who could be released, will be regulated by regulations which, of course, will be subject to parliamentary approval. As domestic violence continues and is likely to increase during this crisis, I hope survivors are aware that during the lockdown they will be encouraged to get to safety if they can. To help some of the most vulnerable people in our society, the bill expands the guardianship of adults with disabilities, the period of existing certificates and the provision of services to expedite the discharge of adults with disabilities from hospital. 7. § 74 para. 1 lit. a (termination, etc.) has effect as if.
While much of the detail depends on the exact circumstances we want to address, I give absolute assurance that public safety will always be a key consideration for us and that any publication will be subject to an appropriate level of risk assessment. In this context, Members should note that the bill explicitly states that a detainee cannot be released if he or she presents an immediate risk of harm to an identified person. We also included in the bill a number of categories of prisoners who would not be released, including, for example, those who have been convicted of a sexual offence. Prime Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed that the current covid restrictions will remain in place. Sites will continue to receive contact information from Test & Protect and face covering rules will continue to apply. Accordingly, the Cabinet Secretary for Justice will confirm this morning that we are removing Part 5 of Schedule 4 to allow for an intensive and wide-ranging discussion by all interested parties, including victims whose voices have not yet been fully heard, on how to ensure that justice continues to be done in Scotland. We will return to this House on April 21, probably the day after the sitting, with a separate bill on this subject and the implementing regulations. The courts must be allowed to function. By the end of this month, we must have the means to ensure that this can happen, but I stress that we want these funds to receive the greatest possible support.