Following the news this afternoon that grouse shooting in England has been made exempt from the Covid ‘rule of six’ (see here), the Scottish Government has now confirmed grouse shooting in Scotland is also exempt, according to Chris Musson, Scottish Political Editor at The Sun.
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Journalists and politicians had been seeking clarification from the Scottish Government this afternoon following the news from Westminster and the subsequent public backlash.
Scottish Greens MSP Alison Johnstone commented on the Westminster decision in an article in The National:
“This exemption is ludicrous. The restrictions on gatherings is a difficult but important public health measure to prevent spread of a deadly virus. Not for the first time, the UK Government has indicated that public health emergency rules don’t apply to their wealthy friends.
This cannot be allowed to happen in Scotland. The tiny minority who derive pleasure from killing wildlife are not more important than the thousands who are being kept apart from seeing friends and family. Thirty people should not be able to gather to shoot grouse when thirty people cannot attend a wake for a lost loved one.
The Scottish Government need to urgently clarify the Scottish rules so that this doesn’t happen.”
But this evening, Chris Musson tweeted the following: