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Scottish Government offers further clarity on new restrictions

Thu 8 Oct 20

Yesterday the First Minister announced that further restrictions would be introduced on a nationwide basis with other specific measures being introduced across the Central Belt.

In addition, some existing rules and guidance will be strengthened alongside wider measures to reduce the transmission.

The Central Belt is for these purposes defined as covering the health board regions of Lothian, Lanarkshire, Forth Valley, Ayrshire & Arran and Greater Glasgow & Clyde (see below for how we are defining the central belt)

Temporary measures are planned to last for 16 days starting for licensed premises at 18:00 on Friday 9th October  and at 00:01 Saturday 10th October  for all other restrictions.  They will run until Sunday 25th October inclusive.

Nationwide measures (outside the central belt area)
The following temporary measures will apply nationwide outside the central belt:
Hospitality (food and drink premises)

  • All premises may only open indoors between 6 am and 6 pm, with no sale of alcohol.
  • All premises may open outdoors until 10pm, including for the sale of alcohol, if licensed to do so.
  • Current meeting rules apply in hospitality settings: maximum of 6 people from 2 households.
  • Limited exemption for meals and drinks (without alcohol) for guests only in accommodation, transport and student residences that are licensed premises.
  • Exemption for specific life events (e.g. wedding receptions), which may continue (with alcohol) as per current meeting rules (e.g. 20 person limit in regulated premises).
  • Exemption for take-aways – subject to local licensing
Temporary central belt measures
Hospitality (food and drink premises)
  • Licensed premises must close.
  • Only the parts of a licensed premises where food or drink are served have to close. For example, the bar in a licensed clubhouse would have to close, but the shop could remain open. Licensed cafes may open from 0600—1800 (without alcohol sale or consumption)
  • Unlicensed premises may open between 6 am and 6 pm.
  • Current meeting rules apply: maximum of 6 people from 2 households.
  • Limited exemption for meals and drinks (without alcohol) for guests only in accommodation, transport and student residences that are licensed premises.
  • Exemption for specific life events (e.g. wedding receptions) – which may continue (with alcohol) as per current meeting rules (20 person limit in regulated premises).
  • Exemption for take-aways – subject to local licensing.

Travel 
The Scottish Government is not advising that people who have already booked holiday accommodation in October need to cancel but ask that people think about whether you need to travel, especially if you live in or would be travelling to, or through, the Central Belt.

The Scottish Government is asking people within the Central Belt areas to think carefully about whether they need to travel outside their local health board area and, where that is necessary, to plan to do so safely.

Please click here to view the guidance published today in full.
 

 

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