Scottish restaurants and pubs face 'permanent closure' under tighter Covid restrictions

What Scotland's Level 4 COVID restrictions means for golfers

The council areas in Scotland moving to Level 4 from Friday are the City of Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, East Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, Stirling and West Lothian.

Under Level 4 rules non-essential shops will shut - with bars, restaurants, gyms, hairdressers and visitor attractions also prohibited from opening.

The First Minister told MSPs: "I know people are frustrated that other restrictions have remained in place longer than planned but Level 4 is meant to be short and sharp".

The areas of East Lothian and Midlothian will move down from level three to level two from Tuesday 24 November.

Sturgeon pledged to lift the harshest restrictions in time Christmas and most of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah - which runs from December 10 to 18 this year - adding: "while celebrations may be different, there will be a greater degree of freedom".

But for the first time some areas of the country - in western Scotland - have been put into Level 4, close to a complete lockdown.

As part of the Level 4 Covid-19 restrictions, close contact services and mobile close contact service providers can not operate.

The first minister expressed her hope the affected areas would be able to move to Level 2 "much more quickly than would otherwise be the case".

In response to the new restrictions in Scotland, a BGC spokesperson said: "The BGC fully supports the Scottish Government's efforts to slow the spread of Covid-19".

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. "And the national picture is masking significant regional variation".

Ms Sturgeon told MSPs this represented a "sombre and distressing milestone".

This comes after Scotland's government announced the introduction of a four-tier restriction system in order to halt the spread of coronavirus.



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