Tier 3 Scotland: Covid lockdown rules and restrictions for areas in level 3 - including East Lothian, Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire

Three council areas have been moved from tier 2 to tier 3

Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire and East Lothian have all had restrictions upgraded to level 3 says Nicola Sturgeon.

Edinburgh will remain in Level 3, Nicola Sturgeon has said, after cases in the past week have risen “sharply”.

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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.

More than half of Scotland's population is set to be placed under tier-three restrictions (Getty Images)
More than half of Scotland's population is set to be placed under tier-three restrictions (Getty Images)

What are the level three rules?

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.

The sale of alcohol is not permitted in indoor or outdoor hospitality settings, though the sale of food will be permitted. All hospitality settings are required to close at 6pm.

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

Level three restrictions do not permit non-essential travel into or out of the level 3 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 operate online where possible.

Close contact services such as hairdressers and barbers will be allowed to operate in level three 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 individual exercise is permitted, while all outdoor exercise, apart for adult contact, 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 3 is as follows:

- limit meeting people outside your own household, avoid indoor public spaces.

- strictly follow the guidelines when shopping and limit the number of times you go to a shop. Shop at quieter times.

- speak to your employer to ensure all appropriate protections are in place. If they are not, discuss getting a fit note with your GP or clinician.

- parents or guardians should discuss with their GP or clinician whether children should still attend.

Which areas will go under level three restrictions?

The following areas have been named as level three areas:

- Aberdeenshire

- Aberdeen City

- East Lothian

- The City of Edinburgh

- Clackmannanshire

- North Ayrshire

- Midlothian

- Dundee

- Fife

- Perth & Kinross

- City of Glasgow

- Renfrewshire

- East Renfrewshire

- East Dunbartonshire

- West Dunbartonshire

- North Lanarkshire

- South Lanarkshire

- East Ayrshire

-South Ayrshire

- Stirling

- West Lothian.