Level 4 to be imposed in 11 Scottish council areas

Tanya Simon
November 20, 2020

The changes to protection levels will come into effect at 6pm this Friday and will remain in place for three weeks until Friday, December 11.

The move for the 11 areas will only last for a limited time and hopefully these areas will soon be able to move back down to Level 3, Sturgeon said.

It will now be law to adhere to the travel restrictions laid out by the Scottish Government, which means that it will be criminal for those in a level three or four area to travel outwith their locality for anything other than essential travel.

"All of the areas moving to Level 4 were above that level - ranging from West Lothian, with a rate of 158 cases per 100,000, to Glasgow with 277".

Indoor sports facilities will also be shut, although outdoor gyms and outdoor non-contact sports can continue.

"Nevertheless, it is extremely disappointing for staff and customers that betting shops in these council areas will now unfortunately have to close, not least because of the excellent anti-Covid measures which have enabled them to operate safely since they re-opened in the summer".

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.

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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.

"At these levels, we simply do not have the assurance we need that hospital and ICU [Intensive Care Unit] services will be able to cope as we go deeper into winter", she said.

"And the national picture is masking significant regional variation", she added.

Scotland was the first United Kingdom nation to re-introduce stricter measures when Covid cases began to rise again in early autumn and was the last to come out of full lockdown in July.

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

Scotland is implementing "Level Four" procedures to try to prevent a recent coronavirus spike from getting worse.

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