No change to COVID restrictions levels this week

First minister to attend COBRA meeting later today on ‘four nations’ approach to Christmas

THERE is to be no change to the current coronavirus restriction levels in place in Scotland’s local authority areas this week – apart from East Lothian, which moved from level three to level two today, first minister Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Speaking in the Scottish Parliament today (Tuesday November 24), Sturgeon said the Scottish Government is not proposing any changes to the levels currently applied to each local authority area, aside from East Lothian.

Currently much of west central Scotland is under the toughest level four restrictions. From 6pm last Friday (November 20), 11 council areas – Glasgow City, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, East Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, Stirling, and West Lothian – were moved into level four until December 11, meaning all hospitality businesses in those areas had to close

Ten council areas – City of Edinburgh, Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, Inverclyde, North Ayrshire, Dundee, Fife, Perth & Kinross, Angus and Midlothian – will remain under level three restrictions. And East Lothian moved into level two from today (November 24), joining Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Borders, Dumfries & Galloway, and Argyll & Bute. Orkney, Shetland, Western Isles, Moray and Highland are to remain at level one.

Sturgeon said she is due to attend a COBRA meeting later today on the ‘four nations’ approach to Christmas.