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Scotland pubs: Are pubs open in Scotland? Where is Lothian?

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Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced tougher lockdown measures are being introduced, to curb the spread of COVID-19. Ms Sturgeon said that indoor hospitality venues will only be allowed to operate between 6am and 6pm daily, selling food and non-alcoholic drinks only.

Outdoor bars, restaurants and cafes will be allowed to remain open up until 10pm, and these venues will also be allowed to sell alcohol up to that time.

Ms Sturgeon added cafes without a licence to sell alcohol will be allowed to open until 6pm, to counter social isolation.

The restrictions will come into force from 6pm on Friday, and restrictions are intended to stop after October 25.

For areas in the central belt of Scotland, harsher restrictions are being implemented to tackle rising coronavirus cases.

Where are harsher lockdown measures being introduced?

All licensed premises in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Arran, Lothian and Forth Valley health board areas will be closed for both indoor and outdoor operations.

The measures have been introduced as the number of coronavirus cases in Scotland have been rising in recent weeks.

Many coronavirus cases have been recorded across Scotland’s central belt, which includes the cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh.

As of October 7, 1,054 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Scotland.

According to Public Health Scotland’s interactive dashboard, Glasgow City has recorded 1,425 cases of COVID-19 over the last seven days.

The City of Edinburgh has reported 769 cases over seven days, while North Lanarkshire has reported 470.

Other local authority areas reporting high numbers of infections over the last week include South Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, West Lothian, West Dunbartonshire, East Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire.

These local authority areas in Scotland’s central belt are marked as red, suggesting the seven day positive rate per 100,000 of the population is more than 100 in these areas.

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