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Last updated: Wednesday, 07 October, 2020, 19:49

  • Licensed premises in Scotland's central belt to close except for takeaways
  • Mandatory wearing of face coverings in indoor settings
  • National 5s in Scotland cancelled
  • Higher and Advanced Higher exams pushed back by two weeks
  • Schools will stay open across Scotland
  • More than 50 UK University’s have confirmed cases of the virus.
  • 1,054 positive cases have been logged in the last 24 hours
  • Scotland recorded one coronavirus death in the past 24 hours

Scotland restrictions FAQ: your questions answered as pubs and restaurants in the central belt forced to close

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Scotland restrictions FAQ: your questions answered as pubs and restaurants in the central belt forced to close

Nicola Sturgeon has announced a range of new restrictions in Scotland aimed at reducing the spread of coronavirus.

Figures released by the Scottish Government show that 14 areas in Edinburgh haven’t reported a single coronavirus case in the last seven days.

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Here are the 14 areas in Edinburgh that haven't recorded any new positive coronavirus cases

Figures released by the Scottish Government show that 14 areas in Edinburgh haven’t reported a single coronavirus case in the last seven days.

Labour leader calls on Margaret Ferrier to stand down after Covid rule breach

Sir Keir Starmer has called on Margaret Ferrier to stand down as an MP after she admitted breaking quarantine rules when infected with coronavirus.

The Labour leader told reporters: “I’ve been listening to her constituents this afternoon on a virtual event and they’re furious with her, they think it’s completely inappropriate that she’s continuing as an MP.

“She needs to listen to that and step down. It’s a huge error of judgment on her part not to have done so.

“We’re completely up for it, we’re preparing for it, there should be a by-election because she should step down. We’ve won it in the past, we won it in 2017 and we can win it again but we need that by-election because it’s the right thing to do.”

This is the financial support Nicola Sturgeon has promised to Scotish businesses after tightening lockdown restrictions

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This is the financial support Nicola Sturgeon has promised to Scotish businesses after tightening lockdown restrictions

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has promised financial support for Scottish businesses after she announced new strict measures to combat a surge in coronavirus cases.

Coronavirus: What do the new restrictions mean for the Scottish hospitality industry?

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Coronavirus: What do the new restrictions mean for the Scottish hospitality industry?

Thousands of pubs and breweries across Scotland are at risk of permanent closure as business leaders warned that new stringent restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus in Scotland will “sound the death knell” for the hospitality industry.

Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce react to new restrictions

Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce today reacted to the First Minister’s announcement on a further raft of restrictions which will decimate many of Scotland’s businesses – in particular, the hospitality sector which employs tens of thousands of people in Edinburgh.

Joanne Davidson, Director of Policy at the Chamber, said: “Everyone in the country acknowledges the pandemic is a serious public health issue and we appreciate that Government has to make hard decisions in the current climate. However, it is an issue we need to tackle together, and that means involving businesses in the process. Taking decisions without recourse to those whose lives, businesses, employment and well-being are torn apart by these decisions is not the way to bring our country through this process successfully.

“Along with all of our colleagues in the Chamber network, we call on the Scottish Government to consult in a genuine way with business, to provide more robust data on which serious decisions are being based, and to seek solutions and meaningful engagement with the business community which minimise the impact and ensure adequate and appropriate financial support is made available to protect jobs and livelihoods.”

Scottish Conservative education spokesperson Jamie Greene says his party believes a full exam diet "could and should have taken place next year".

In case you missed it, last month Evening News writer Rachel Mackie wrote a heartfelt piece, thanking hospitality workers for everything they are doing.

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'We were shouted at, leered at and paid below minimum wage': A tribute to Edinburgh bartenders as Covid curfew kicks in

I worked in pubs for almost 10 years, writes Rachel Mackie, and it was the toughest job I will ever have

National 5 exams cancelled

Next year’s National 5 exams have been cancelled and will be replaced by grades reached through alternative assessment and teacher judgment, Scotland’s Education Secretary has announced.

In a statement to the Scottish Parliament, John Swinney said: “Due to the level of disruption already caused by Covid, and due to the likely disruption faced by some or all pupils and students this academic year, a full exam diet is simply too big a risk. It would not be fair.”

Higher and Advanced Higher exams will be pushed back by two weeks in 2021 until May 13, he added.

National 5 exams cancelled for pupils in 2021 as Scottish Government respond to exam results review

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National 5 exams cancelled for pupils in 2021 as Scottish Government respond to exam results review

John Swinney has announced the cancellation of National 5 exams for pupils in Scotland in 2021 as part of the Scottish Government’s response to the exam results fiasco this year.

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