Coronavirus in Scotland: Here’s when the new Covid-19 rules come into force and what it means for your area

In her speech to the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday, Nicola Sturgeon announced the new local tier levels in Scotland.

Level four of lockdown was announced for council areas such as City of Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, East Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, Stirling and West Lothian.

New rules were also put in place for East Lothian and Midlothian, who move down to Level 2.

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The remaining 19 areas will not change level.

Glasgow will see new rules come into place on Friday.
Glasgow will see new rules come into place on Friday.

When do the new Covid-19 restrictions come into force in Scotland?

The new rules come into force from 6pm on Friday (November 20).

Find out which level will apply to your area

– Level 0

No council area has been placed in Level 0.

– Level 1

Councils in this area are: Orkney, Shetland, the Western Isles, Moray and the Highland.

Socialising is restricted to six people from two households inside and outside – however the First Minister said from Thursday this will change to eight people from three households outside.

The number of people able to attend weddings or funerals and their associated events is restricted to 20.

Amateur indoor sports among those over the age of 18 are not allowed.

Hospitality businesses must close by 10.30pm, inside and outside, with the last entry permitted at 9.30pm.

– Level 2

Councils in this area are: Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Argyll & Bute, Borders and Dumfries & Galloway, Midlothian and East Lothian.

Measures remain largely the same as in Level 1, however in-home socialising is prohibited, barring some exceptions including caring for a vulnerable person and for those in extended households.

Outdoor groups in public places are limited to six people from two households.

Cinemas, amusement arcades and bingo halls are the only leisure facilities allowed to remain open, with soft play, funfairs, indoor bowling, casinos, theatres, snooker or pool halls, music venues, nightclubs and adult entertainment venues all closed.

Only drive-in events are permitted, with indoor, outdoor and stadium events cancelled.

Protective measures are in place at public buildings while NHS services reduce face-to-face contact with patients.

Indoor hospitality venues must close from 8pm, with last entry at 7pm, and outdoor businesses shut at 10.30pm.

– Level 3

Councils in this area are: Angus, Edinburgh, Clackmannanshire, Dundee, Falkirk, Fife, Inverclyde, North Ayrshire, Perth and Kinross.

Socialising rules remain the same as in Level 2, with guidance issued for only essential hotel use.

Drive-in events are no longer permitted and cinemas, arcades and bingo halls will also be closed.

Indoor exercise is limited to individual workouts, with outdoor contact sports for those over the age of 18 banned, except professional sports.

Hospitality businesses are prohibited from selling alcohol and must close at 6pm, with last entry at 5pm.

– Level 4

Councils in this area are: Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, East Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, Stirling and West Lothian.

While socialising will stay the same as Level 3, non-essential retail will be closed and the limit on numbers at weddings will drop to 15, with 20 allowed in places of worship and at funerals.

All hospitality will be closed, with only takeaway services permitted.

Gyms will again be closed and outdoor sport will be limited to non-contact only, though professional sport will continue.

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