This is when two Scots, from different tier zones, cleverly met for a ‘cup of tea’ while adhering to the coronavirus rules.
Video footage of two friends meeting on the East Lothian-Edinburgh border on Saturday has gone viral.
Under Scotland’s newest tier system, Edinburgh City Council is on level three, while East Lothian Council is on a less restricted level two.
Scots are prohibited from traveling between tier zones unless their reason for doing so falls under the government’s exemption list.
Determined not to let the rules get in the way of socializing, the sweet couple sat on picnic chairs and donned warm coats and blankets to enjoy a blether and hot bottled drink on Edinburgh Road, the A199.
They each sat on one side of a sign indicating where East Lothian ends and Edinburgh begins.
The driver, Stuart Goldie and his wife, Tina, were stunned by the catch-up outside.
The couple, aged 34 and 32, respectively, were on their way from their home in Musselburgh to collect their three daughters, Connie, 10, Macie, three, and Penelope, four months, from the daycare center at Stuart’s family home in Edinurgh.
After seeing the sweet reunion, florist, Tina, asked Stuart to turn around quickly so she could grab it for the camera.
In disbelief, concierge officer Stuart exclaimed “no danger” when he saw the catching up with his own eyes.
The father of three told the Record: “When Tina told me what she saw, I said ‘no way’, I didn’t believe her.
‘She forced me to return and there they were.
‘I thought it was a joke.
“That’s the first time we’ve seen anything like it.”
Having to cross the border into Edinburgh for vital childcare, Stuart can sympathize with those struggling as a result of the recent travel ban.
“I agree with lockdowns, but not with the tier system,” he added.
Maybe these friends wanted to say something.
“I thought it was brilliant and very smart.
“Loneliness is something we also see a lot.”
Interested in the reaction the video would get online, Stuart shared Tina’s video on social media that night.
Within hours, the clip went viral and garnered thousands of views.
“My phone hasn’t stopped all night,” Stuart added.
“It’s mental how much effort people go to for a cup of tea with a friend.
“But I think it shows that we all need that business no matter what.”