Lockdown in Scotland: what are the new Covid rules and level 4 restrictions?

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Level 4 restrictions will be imposed in East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow, Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire, North and South Lanarkshire, East and South Ayrshire, Stirling and West Lothian.

Ms Sturgeon also said a current travel ban would become law as of November 20. This means that around four million Scots in Levels 3 and 4 face fines for venturing outside their council areas.

On Friday, November 13, Fife, Angus, Perth and Kinross upgraded to Level 3, while indoor housekeeping meetings of up to six people from two households were again allowed in Shetland, Orkney and the West Isles.

East Lothian and Midlothian will be upgraded from Level 3 to Level 2 next Tuesday, November 24, following a “sharp drop” in cases, allowing pubs and restaurants to serve alcohol with meals and their residents to travel to levels 1 and 2. The restrictions imposed on the other 19 municipalities in Scotland have remained unchanged.

Ms Sturgeon argued that the crackdown “would give us the best possible chance” to ease restrictions across Scotland for Christmas “in a limited or cautious way”. This included “the opportunity to see loved ones at Christmas”.

What are the new levels?

The five-tier system sees areas of the Scottish Council subject to different limitations based on the rate of infection.

Scotland as a whole is subject to general rules, such as working remotely when possible, mandatory masks on public transport and a ban on non-essential travel to or from level 3+ areas.

Level 0 (low)

Level 0 will see the most lenient restrictions applied to low risk areas in Scotland.

Domestic mixing indoors will be allowed in homes and public places up to a maximum of eight people from three households. Socialization will be allowed outdoors up to a maximum of 15 people from five households.

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Hospitality sites will be allowed to open during normal license hours, although social distancing rules will continue to apply.

Hotel stays will be permitted. However, non-essential travel to / from Level 3+ areas in the UK will be prohibited.

Non-essential stores, hairdressers, cinemas and libraries will remain open.

Gyms will remain open and all sports will be permitted.

Weddings, funerals and places of worship will be limited to a maximum of 50 people.

Outdoor and indoor events will be authorized with a limited number, with the exception of standing events grouped inside.

Level 1

Domestic mixing indoors will be prohibited, with exceptions such as care tasks. Socialization will be allowed outdoors and in public places up to a limit of six people from two households.

Indoor and outdoor reception facilities will remain open until 10:30 p.m. (9:30 p.m. last entry).

Hotel stays will be permitted. However, non-essential travel to / from Level 3+ areas in the UK will be prohibited.

Non-essential stores, hairdressers, cinemas and libraries will remain open.

The gymnasiums will remain open and all sports will be allowed, with the exception of indoor contact sports practiced by those over 18 years old.

Weddings and funerals will be limited to a maximum of 20 people and places of worship will be limited to a maximum of 50 people.

Indoor / outdoor seated events will be permitted with a restricted number, but grouped standing events will not be permitted.

Level 2

The restrictions on socialization will remain unchanged from level 1.

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Indoor reception establishments will close at 8 p.m. (last entry at 7 p.m.) and alcohol can only be served with a main meal. Outdoor reception areas may remain open until 10:30 p.m. (9:30 p.m. last entry).

Hotel stays will be permitted, but non-essential travel to / from level 3+ areas in the UK will be prohibited.

Non-essential stores, hairdressers, cinemas and libraries will remain open.

The gymnasiums will remain open and all sports will be allowed, with the exception of indoor contact sports practiced by those over 18 years old.

Weddings and funerals will be limited to a maximum of 20 people and places of worship will be limited to a maximum of 50 people.

Level 3

Socialization restrictions will remain unchanged from level 2, but the maximum number of people at weddings, funerals and religious ceremonies will be capped at 20.

There will be further limits on public places with closures of cinemas, arcades and bingo halls. Drive-in events will also be prohibited.

Hotel establishments will be prohibited from selling alcohol and will close at 6 p.m. (last entry at 5 p.m.). Non-essential stores and hairdressers will remain open.

Gyms will remain open, but indoor exercises will be limited to individual training. Outdoor exercise will be limited to non-contact sports with the exception of those under 18. Professional sport will continue.

Hotel stays will be permitted if necessary. Non-essential hotel stays will only be permitted for residents.

Level 4 (very high)

Scots in areas with Covid-19 epidemics will be placed in almost complete lockdowns, with travel restrictions and instructions to stay at home.

Restrictions on socializing remain the same as in Level 3 areas, but Ms Sturgeon has advised people to stay home as much as possible.

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Non-essential stores and hospitality establishments will be closed without exception.

Hairdressers and other close contact services (eg, beauticians) will close their doors.

Homework is recommended for all industries except essential work, outdoor work, construction and manufacturing.

Non-essential travel in or out of level 4 areas will be prohibited and public transport should only be used when essential.

Gyms will close and outdoor sports will be limited to non-contact games. However, professional sports are allowed to continue.

Informal childcare is permitted for the children of key workers, and formal childcare will be the subject of a “targeted intervention”.

Which areas are in which level?

The five-tier system assigns a tier of restrictions in each of Scotland’s 32 local authorities from zero to four.

Level 0

No local authority will be at level 0 (the most forgiving level) from November 2.

Level 1

Five local authorities are subject to level 1 restrictions:

  • Mountains
  • Moray
  • Orkney
  • Shetland
  • Western islands

Level 2

Seven local authorities have been assigned to level 2, and East Lothian and Mid Lothian will move from level 3 to level 2 on Tuesday, November 24:

  • Aberdeen
  • Aberdeenshire
  • Argyll & Bute
  • East Lothian
  • Mid Lothian
  • Scottish borders
  • Dumfries and Galloway

Level 3

10 local authorities will remain classified at level 3:

  • Fife
  • Angus
  • Perth and Kinross
  • North Ayrshire
  • Inverclyde
  • City of Edinburgh
  • Clackmannanshire
  • Falkirk
  • Stirling
  • Dundee

Level 4

Ms. Sturgeon announced that 11 local authorities were upgraded to Level 4 on November 20.

  • Glasgow city
  • Renfrewshire
  • East Renfrewshire
  • East Dunbartonshire
  • West Dunbartonshire
  • North Lanarkshire
  • South Lanarkshire
  • East Ayrshire
  • South Ayrshire
  • Stirling
  • West Lothian

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