Tier 2 Scotland: lockdown rules and restrictions for areas in level 2 - including Angus, Falkirk and Inverclyde

Many had been anticipating a move from Tier 3 to Tier 2 for Edinburgh

Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and East Lothian have all been moved from Tier 2 to Tier 3 restrictions.

Edinburgh will remain in Level 3, Nicola Sturgeon has said, after cases in the past week have risen “sharply”, despite an anticipated move into tier 2.

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The First Minister said it would be “deeply irresponsible” to move Edinburgh and Midlothian into Level 2, and has instead pledged to work with partners in the local area to encourage compliance with restrictions.

1.5m people living in Scotland are set to be placed under level two restrictions (Getty Images)
1.5m people living in Scotland are set to be placed under level two restrictions (Getty Images)

What are the level two rules?

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

In level two areas the sale of alcohol is permitted in outdoor areas, and indoor areas so long as it is sold with a main meal.

Takeaways will be permitted for alcohol and food “as per existing arrangements”.

Level two restrictions do not permit non-essential travel into or out of the level two area with exemptions for “work, education, shopping health etc; outdoor exercise; weddings and funerals; and transit through restricted areas”.

Active travel (walk, run, cycle, wheel) is encouraged where possible, while car sharing is advised against along with non-essential use of public transport.

Public services and support services are both permitted to operate, but are encouraged to limit face-to-face interaction.

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

Weddings, and civil partnerships and funerals are all subject to 20 person limits.

Indoor exercise apart for adult contact is permitted, while all outdoor exercise is permitted.

What is the advice for those shielding?

The government has said that those shielding at all levels will not be asked “to distance from people within your own homes or to stop taking outdoor exercise.”

Specific advice for those in level 2 is as follows:

- Contact with others: reduce the number of people or households you have face to face contact with

- Avoid: one metre zones

- Shopping: strictly follow the guidelines when shopping

- If you cannot work from home: Following a workplace risk assessment, your employer should make the necessary adjustments to your workplace to protect you. You can discuss getting a fit note with your GP or clinician if you still feel unsafe.

- School/ formal childcare: follow the level advice to the general population

Which areas are under level two restrictions?

The following areas are expected to be named as level two areas:

The Borders, Dumfries & Galloway, Angus, Falkirk, Inverclyde, and Argyll and Bute