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Level 4 to be imposed in 11 Scottish council areas

Level 4 to be imposed in 11 Scottish council areas”

The council areas in Scotland moving to Level 4 from Friday are the City of Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, East Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, Stirling and West Lothian.

The first minister expressed her hope the affected areas would be able to move to Level 2 "much more quickly than would otherwise be the case".

It marks the first time areas have been placed into level four of Scotland's new tiered system of restrictions, which began at the start of November.

Level 4 restrictions mean restaurants, cafes, pubs, bars, non-essential shops and holiday accommodation will be closed, although takeaways can still operate as normal.

But for the first time some areas of the country - in western Scotland - have been put into Level 4, close to a complete lockdown.

But she warned "there are grounds for continued and significant concern" in all 11 areas.

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Indoor sports facilities will also be shut, although outdoor gyms and outdoor non-contact sports can continue.

The restrictions also allow up to two households in groups no larger than six to meet in a private garden or public place, although how this rule applies to the golf course is yet to be confirmed.

Announcing the increased restrictions - the second-highest available under the current regime - at the Holyrood parliament, Sturgeon said "the infection rate in all of these areas remains stubbornly and worryingly high" at 277 cases per 100,000 people in Glasgow and 158 in West Lothian. Schools will remain open, but shielding children will not be allowed to attend.

Dumfries and Galloway and the Borders are to stay under Level 2 of Scotland's coronavirus restrictions.

Ms Sturgeon said existing restrictions on household gatherings and hospitality that had been in place in recent weeks had "made a difference" and had "flattened incidence considerably".

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