Nicola Sturgeon has said that 11 local authorities in Scotland will be placed on the highest level of restrictions in what is an intended “short and Sharpe” shock ahead of Christmas.
The areas will enter Level 4 of the country’s COVID-19 measures for three weeks from 6pm on Friday.
The areas that will enter the new measures are as follows:
- City of Glasgow
- East Renfrewshire
- East Dunbartonshire
- West Dunbartonshire
- North Lanarkshire
- South Lanarkshire
- East Ayrshire
- South Ayrshire
- West Lothian
Both East Lothian and Midlothian, will move from Level 3 to the lesser lever 3 from next Tuesday following a “marked decline” in coronavirus within those two areas.
It is hoped that those areas which will entre Level 4 will do so for a limited time, The move is intended ahead of Christmas and before the end of Hanukkah to enable a greater degree of freedom around celebrations.
These levels will be reviewed nearer to the time but it is expected the Level 4 restrictions will end on 11th December.
What are Level 4 restrictions in Scotland?
Level 4 restrictions mean restaurants, cafes, pubs, bars, non-essential shops and holiday accommodation will be closed, although takeaways can still operate as normal.
Indoor sports facilities will also be shut, although outdoor gyms and outdoor non-contact sports can continue.
Residents will not be able to meet anyone from another household indoors in private homes, although they can meet indoors in a public place as long as they maintain social distancing.
Up to six people, from two different households, can meet in a public venue indoors and children under the age of 12 do not count towards the total number of people.
The same rule of six applies to two different households meeting outdoors, although those aged between 12 and 17 meeting in groups of up to six are not subject to the two-household limit.
Acts of worship indoors are limited to a maximum of 20 people, as long as social distancing is maintained, while weddings must have a maximum capacity of 15 people – including the couple – and funerals can take place with a maximum of 20 guests.
Schools in Level 4 areas will remain open, but unnecessary travel outside of those areas should be avoided.