Scotland lockdown rules: What are the rules for Level 1, 2 and 3?

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First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has outlined a new five-tier lockdown system, which will come into effect from November 2 in Scotland. Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 under Scotland’s new system are similar to the Tier 1, Tier 2 and Tier 3 restrictions currently in place in England. But the model for Scotland will also include Level 0 and Level 4, with Level 4 the closest level to the nationwide lockdown seen in March of this year.

On Thursday Ms Sturgeon said she “cannot rule out” the possibility of a return to a nationwide lockdown if coronavirus cases rise in Scotland.

She said: “I must be open with Parliament and the country about this.

“We are, as of now, making progress in Scotland. But cases are still rising and the situation we face is fragile.

“And across Europe the pandemic is accelerating. So I cannot rule out a move back to nationwide restrictions in the next few weeks, including at Level 4.”

What are the rules for Level 1?

Under Level 1 six people from two households can meet indoors and outdoors.

Hospitality businesses will have to close by 10.30pm, and last entry will be 9.30pm.

Weddings and funeral attendance is capped at 20 people under Level 1, and indoor sports for over-18’s are not permitted.

Highland, Moray, Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland will be under Level 1 restrictions.

What are the rules for Level 2?

Socialising in homes will be banned in Level 2, with some exceptions such as caring for vulnerable people.

People meeting outdoors in public places will be limited to six people from two households.

Last entry for hospitality venues will be 7pm, and businesses will close from 8pm, or 10.30pm for outdoor businesses.

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Cinemas, amusement arcades and bingo halls will be the only leisure facilities allowed to remain open, and drive-in events will be allowed.

Under Level 2, soft play, funfairs, indoor bowling, casinos, theatres, snooker or pool halls, music venues, nightclubs and adult entertainment venues are all closed.

NHS services will reduce face-to-face contact in Level 2 areas.

Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen, Fife, the Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Argyll and Bute, Perth and Kinross and Angus will be in Level 2.

What are the rules for Level 3?

There have been reports ministers are considering putting North and South Lanarkshire into Level 4, which would see restrictions equivalent to a full lockdown.

However Ms Sturgeon said on Thursday no area will be placed into that highest tier at the current time.

The central belt, including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and Falkirk, will now be joined by Dundee and Ayrshire in Level 3.

Socialising rules will remain the same in Level 3 as in Level 2, with guidance for only essential hotel use issued.

Hospitality businesses will be banned from selling alcohol, and last entry will be 5pm, followed by a 6pm closure.

Indoor exercise is limited to individual workouts, outdoor contact sports for the over-18s has also been banned except for professional sports.

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

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