Glasgow will enter level four coronavirus restrictions from boxing day along with Mainland Scotland, the First Minister has confirmed.
Speaking at an emergency coronavirus briefing held tonight (19 December), the First Minister said that the “new variant” of Covid that poses a “very serious situation”.
However, this will be followed by a three-week level four lockdown across all of mainland Scotland, the First Minister has announced.
She said: “Now, beyond Christmas, because of this new strain, we also need to make some changes today to limit as fast as we can, the risk of the strain spreading further than it has within Scotland.
“We intend to apply level four measures to all of mainland Scotland for a period of three weeks from one minute after midnight on Boxing Day morning.
“The exception to that will be Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles, and the other island communities who have reduced restrictions in recent weeks.”
Level four carries the toughest restrictions. These are the current level four restrictions – although they may change as further updates come in.
All restaurants, cafes and bars will close in Level 4.
Takeaways can continue to operate and hotels can serve food to overnight guests up to 10pm.
Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that the current travel restriction guidelines will be put into law to prevent people who live in a Level 3 or 4 council area from travelling outside their local authority except for an essential purpose – such as work or caring responsibilities.
It is unsure whether or not the travel ban to UK places will remain throughout the level four restrictions in January.
The regulations also ban non-essential travel into a Level 3 or 4 local authority area, except for the same reasons.
All non-essential shops will shut.
Shops that can remain open include supermarkets as well as click and collect, on-line services and outdoor retail, such as garden centres, outdoor markets and car lots.
Meeting other households
Meeting with other households in their or your own home will continue to be banned. You can meet people from other households outdoors in groups of up to six from a maximum of two households.
You can also meet people indoors in a public place in numbers of up to six from two separate households.
Children under the age of 12 from these households do not count towards the total number of people counted in either indoor or outdoor gatherings.
Young between the ages of 12 and 17 can meet up in groups of up to 6 at a time outdoors, but are not required to stick to the two household limit.
Sport and leisure
All indoor gyms and other sports facilities must close under Level 4 restrictions, with non-contact sports permitted for all age groups.
People are permitted to meet others outdoors for informal exercise or sport and outdoor gyms can remain open.
Driving lessons, including for motorcycles, cannot take place unless occupants are all from the same household.
Weddings and funerals
Weddings and civil partnership ceremonies can take place with a maximum capacity of 20 people – including the couple and celebrant, with the venue allowing for two-metre physical distancing.
Receptions are not permitted in Level 4.
Funerals and wakes can take place with a maximum capacity of 20 guests.
Schools and universities
Schools will have a phased return starting on January 18th.
It is unsure if colleges or universities opening dates will change.
Hospitals and care homes
Essential visits only will be permitted to hospitals.
Visits to care homes will also only be permitted if they are essential.
However, visits to care homes to see loved ones through the window can arranged with the home in advance. If Director of Public Health judges to be safe, this will mean garden visits with one designated visitor for 30 minutes once a week will be permitted.
More information on Level Four restrictions can be found on the Scottish Government website.