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Nicola Sturgeon closes Scottish border to the rest of the UK in Covid-19 battle

Scotland's borders have been closed to people from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Eire.

The extreme measures have been taken by SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon, who has plunged the country in to strict multiple-tiered lockdown measures in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Non-residents will only be allowed in to the country – and vice versa – with a 'reasonable excuse'.

The new rules came into effect from 6pm on Friday and also made it illegal for people from tier three and four areas to leave their local authority unless it is for essential reasons.

Edinburgh Live reports that Scots also aren't allowed to travel to other parts of the UK under the news rules, which could see Brits illegally coming in and out of Scotland hit with a £60 fine.

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The new travel guidance reads: "Under current Scottish regulations, given the state of the epidemic in these countries, unless you have a reasonable excuse (see exceptions) you must not travel between Scotland and England, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and Wales.

"This applies to people who live in Scotland and to people who live in any of these countries who are thinking of coming to Scotland."

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Miss Sturgeon has also encouraged Scots not to take a holiday this year, making it illegal for people to travel out of their tier three or four local authority to travel to an airport.

She said: "I know people have been asking why are we making it against the law depending on where you live to travel to an airport, but not against the law to fly to another country.

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"Just because it's not against the law… does not mean we think it's ok to do it right now.

"This is a global pandemic and it's for that reason that we have in recent months repeatedly advised people not to travel overseas unless its for an essential purpose."

Last month, she plunged Scotland in to a two-week 'circuit breaker' lockdown that banned pubs from opening between 6pm and 6am.

It coincided with the school half-term, and was intended to "apply a brake to the virus for 16 days from Saturday 10 to Sunday 25 October across Scotland".

With Christmas approaching, it is expected that Sturgeon will work alongside Prime Minister Boris Johnson to agree to a plan that will allow families to spend time together, even if just for a few days.

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