Parts of Scotland could be placed into a level four lockdown this week, as cases of coronavirus continue to rise in the Central Belt.
Tough restrictions could be placed on council areas in the Greater Glasgow and Lanarkshire health boards, after the First Minister said the areas had “stable but still stubbornly high prevalence of the virus”.
On Monday, Nicola Sturgeon said the move may be necessary to ease the pressure on hospitals over the winter and could allow a “limited” lifting of restrictions over Christmas.
However this would mean many businesses would have to close for an unknown amount of time.
The tier system came into effect on November 2 and comprises of five levels ranging from level zero to level four.
Level zero represents the closest to normal the country can get without effective treatment or a vaccine, whereas level four is closer to the full lockdown restrictions seen at the start of the pandemic.
Here’s a closer look at what Scots can expect from a level four lockdown.
- Socialising – People cannot socialise indoors. Six people from two households can meet outdoors.
- Hospitality – Pubs, restaurants and cafes must close. Takeaways can operate as normal.
- Accommodation – Hotels, B&Bs and self-catering accommodation not open for tourists. Work-related essential use only.
- Travel – No non-essential travel into or out of the level four area. If necessary, limits on travel distance, or a requirement to stay at home.
- Transport – Avoid car sharing with people outside extended household wherever possible. No use of public transport, except for essential purposes. Face coverings compulsory
- Retail and close contact services – Non-essential shops and close contact services – such as hairdressers, barbers, tailors and beauticians – must close. Mobile close contact services not permitted
- Public buildings – Buildings such as libraries and museums are closed.
- Stadia and events – No indoor or outdoor events permitted. Stadiums closed to spectators.
- Weddings, civil partnerships and funerals – A maximum of 15 people allowed at weddings and civil partnerships, however receptions are not allowed. Funerals and wakes subject to 20 person limit.
- Places of worship – Open but restricted to 20 people.
- Leisure and Entertainment – All venues closed.
- Workplaces – Only essential indoor workplaces can open along with outdoor workplaces in sectors such as construction and engineering.
- Schools – Open with standard protective measures in place.