Coronavirus in Scotland: Edinburgh to stay in level three restrictions, says First Minister

Edinburgh will remain in level three lockdown with East Lothian and Midlothian moving to level two, following the First Minister’s review of local authority restrictions at Parliament today.

Wednesday, 18th November 2020, 12:13 pm

The news comes as areas across the west of Scotland including Glasgow and Lanarkshire are set to face level four lockdown restrictions as of Friday this week.

The new restrictions will be in place for 3 weeks until December 11.

There were previous hopes of certain areas in the east of Scotland moving down a level from three to two, however at the announcement this afternoon Ms Sturgeon made clear that today’s decisions hope to to protect the NHS and allow for a loosening of restrictions in the lead up to Christmas.

Shoppers passing by Harvey Nichols on Princes Street as Nicola Sturgeon announces that Edinburgh will stay in level three (Credit: Lisa Ferguson). COVID 19 , CORONA VIRUS - CHristmas - princes street, george street, multrees walk

Under level three restrictions, no in-home socialising is permitted, while meetings in public and outdoor settings are restricted to groups of six from no more than two households.

It is advised that you do not travel out of your local authority area for non-essential purposes in level three and people living outside level three should not travel into a level three area for non-essential reasons.

Cafes, pubs and restaurants are only allowed to open until 6pm to serve food and non-alcoholic drinks to groups of up to six from two different households. Alcohol sales are not permitted indoors or outdoors and all leisure and entertainment facilities are closed at this level, including cinemas.

Close contact services such as hairdressers and barbers are allowed to operate in level three but may be subject to additional protective measures. Mobile close contact services are not permitted.

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