Wed 7 Oct 20
New COVID-19 restrictions will come into force on Friday 9 October until 25 October. These include restrictions on opening hours and selling alcohol across Scotland, with stricter restrictions across some of the central belt.
The Scottish Government has published an evidence paper by the government’s senior clinical advisers on the state of the virus in the country. There is concern about the increase of cases across five health boards in the central belt but it was noted there are marked increases in cases across the country. The paper also said Scotland would return to levels of prevalence seen in March by the end of the month unless action was taken now to interrupt its trajectory.
The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the evidence paper had highlighted the risk of transmission posed by hospitality venues, with temporary closures helping to reduce the transmission of the virus between households.
First Minister has introduced new measures to stem the increase in cases and set out further support for businesses. New guidance is yet to be released by our colleagues in government but when it is, we’ll get it to you. For now, here are the key points.
The following measures were announced in Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire & Arran, Lothian and Forth Valley for 16 days from Friday 9 October:
The following restrictions were announced across the rest of Scotland for 16 days from Friday 9 October:
A £40 million fund to support businesses affected by the restrictions, particularly hospitality was also announced. We will add details of this Fund when we get them.
For the rest of the month, businesses could use the furlough scheme and the government would consider how to mitigate their contributions to the scheme.
The government will also: