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Coronavirus: Scotland to ban indoor drinking for two weeks

Coronavirus: Scotland to ban indoor drinking for two weeks”

However, cafes without a license to serve alcohol can remain open until 6pm in line with the rest of the country.

Cafes without a licence to sell alcohol will be allowed to open until 6pm, the First Minister said, to counter social isolation.

Pubs and hotels will still be able to serve alcohol until 10pm but only in outdoor settings.

In areas with lower infection rates, indoor hospitality venues will only be allowed to operate between 6am and 6pm daily, selling food and non-alcoholic drinks only.

Five regions - Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Arran, Lothian and Forth Valley - will see an nearly complete shutdown of the hospitality sector for the two week period which covers three weekends.

The restrictions will come into force at 6pm on Friday and are meant to end after October 25.

Ms Sturgeon also announced £40m to support businesses affected by these measures over the next two weeks.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon underlined that the new measures were meant to balance health concerns as well as economic concerns but warned that peak infection rates from the spring could return without action.

People in the central belt of Scotland have been asked to avoid public transport unless absolutely necessary in the next two weeks.

It comes as Scotland recorded more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours for the first time.

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She said redundancies could rise as a result of the measures, and she criticised a "lack of consultation with business" before the restrictions were announced.

"Let me be clear".

"For the last 12 days, we have not been able to meet up in each other's homes".

During the period these measures are in place, the Scottish Government will work with all sectors to review guidance in place to ensure all steps are being taken to minimise COVID-19 transmission and support compliance with regulations.

One further death of a patient within 28 days of first testing positive for the virus was registered in the past 24 hours, taking this total to 2,533.

"We are not halting the remobilisation of the NHS for non-Covid care".

"When I updated parliament over two weeks ago the average number of new cases being reported each was 185, that was up from 102 three weeks previously".

"In the seven days up to Monday the number of people in hospital with Covid increased by nearly 80 per cent and the number of people who died with Covid was the highest for 14 weeks".

Ms Sturgeon said: "Notwithstanding the suspicions I had harboured going into this meeting, I was shocked and upset by the reality of what I read".

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