So having made a complete shambles of the arrangements for students resuming their studies Scotland's politicians and university bigwigs stand previous health advice on its head - by agreeing that everyone can now return home.
A mass exodus of students has already taken place according to news reports, in defiance of orders to quarantine for 14 days, but now the powers that be intend to make things even worse by exempting lots of young people from the rules which would otherwise require them to stay in one place until the quarantine period is over.
Now you can hardly blame the students for this fiasco, other than those organising and attending irresponsible social events and house parties, but the politicians are the ones drawing up the rules - only to enforce them on a selective basis when it suits their purpose.
No wonder others who have followed the rules up till now are getting fed up at the double standards.
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The Herald reports that there has been a mass exodus of students from Glasgow despite being ordered to quarantine after an outbreak of Covid-19 cases.
I'll be interested to hear how the Scottish Government responds because while it is clear that arrangements for students resuming their studies have been a complete shambles, hundreds of people returning home without bothering to quarantine can only help the virus spread even further.
Read the full story via the link below to the Sunday Herald.
Coronavirus Scotland: 'Mass exodus' of students from locked down university accommodation
'Mass exodus' of students from locked down university accommodation
Students across Glasgow have fled from university accommodation to return home, despite coronavirus guidelines.
Halls of residences have seen a mass exodus in recent days after strict restrictions were announced, the Daily Record reports.
National clinical director Jason Leitch previously announced students should not return home as they now belonged to new households.
On Friday, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she would support universities expelling students “as a last resort” if they “flagrantly” breach rules.
But students told the Daily Record students residencies felt like prison prompting a 'mass exodus'.
Second-year MA History student James Yucel, 19, returned home to England on Friday.
He said: “On Thursday night there was just widespread panic as students learned of the new restrictions.
“It was utter chaos with students booking flights, trains and getting packed up. It’s been so poorly handled.