Scotland to move 11 areas into highest level of restrictions in bid to save Christmas | UK | News (Reports)

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Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told the Scottish Parliament yesterday that “stubbornly and worryingly high” infection rates mean these areas must shut down further. The Level 4 measures, similar to a full lockdown, will apply from 6pm on Friday in Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, East Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, Stirling and West Lothian.

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

Non-essential travel in or out of the areas is barred, which will also apply to areas under Level 3.

Ms Sturgeon said East Lothian and Midlothian will move from Level 3 to Level 2 after a “marked decline” in the prevalence of the virus.

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The remaining 19 council areas will not change level but from Thursday people in Level 1 areas will be able to meet outdoors with up to eight people from a maximum of three households.

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

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“It is specifically intended to have an impact in advance of Christmas and the most challenging winter period.”

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