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Nicola Sturgeon announces new lockdown restrictions – Here’s what has changed

Nicola Sturgeon has told Scots the country must remain in phase 3 of lockdown as the number of people testing positive for Covid continues to rise.

The First Minister stressed the number of virus deaths remains low and cases are not accelerating in the same way they did back in the spring.

But the SNP leader did announce several new restrictions on the way we go about our daily lives. So what’s changed?



A waitress wears a mask as she works in the pub The Grill in Union Street in Aberdeen

Social gatherings (September 14)

From Monday, you’ll only be allowed to meet up in a group of no more than six people from a maximum of two households.

That’s for all social gatherings, no matter where they take place – so at home, in the pub, or at a restaurant. The rule also applies indoors and outdoors.

But the total number of people doesn’t include any children under the age of 12. That means you can take young kids round to a friend’s house without worrying about breaking the limit.

The local lockdown restrictions in the Greater Glasgow area also remain in force for at least one more week.

Pubs and restaurants (Sep 14)

Sturgeon stressed the new rules are designed in part to allow hospitality businesses to remain open safely.

As well as a new limit of six people per group, you’ll also be expected to wear a face covering when you first enter any pub or restaurant before you take your seat.

You’ll also be expected to wear a covering if you need to get up to move around the premises, for example to use to the bathroom.

Weddings and funerals (Sep 14)

The attendance limit for funerals, weddings, and civil partnerships remains at 20.

However, the attendance limit for wakes or receptions held in pubs or hotels also remains 20, with social distancing expected.

Live entertainment (Will be reviewed by October 5)

The resumption of live music, theatre or comedy has unfortunately been pushed back.

It had been hoped that shows could take place outdoors with social distancing in place by this weekend, but the First Minister said this was no longer possible.

Indoor performances are also still off the agenda, for now. The situation will be reviewed and an update provided early next month.

Supporters attending live sport (October 5)

There was also disappointment for sport fans. Supporters won’t be able to return to see their favourite teams in action until at least October 5.

It was initially hopes turnstiles would reopen this weekend, but the rise in positive virus tests has pushed the date back.

But the two test events – at Ross County and Aberdeen – will still go ahead this weekend.

Reopening offices and call centres (October 1)

Sturgeon said today the reopening of call centres and offices where staff are still working from home will “definitely not take place” before October 1 – when this will be reviewed.

“For now, working from home will remain the default position,” she told MSPs.



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