More than two million people across Scotland have prepared for the country’s toughest coronavirus restrictions, set to go into effect Friday night. Under the fourth tier rules, which will take effect at 6 p.m. in 11 urban areas, including Glasgow, unnecessary shops, pubs, restaurants, hairdressers, gyms and tourist attractions will remain closed except for schools, the BBC said.
The restrictions, which will remain in place until December 11, will be accompanied by legally enforced travel bans, under which the police can impose fines for traveling to or from Council areas unless necessary.
The move aims to lower the «persistently and worryingly high» levels of the virus in the west and central parts of Scotland, which the government says have been hit hardest by the second wave of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, the rest of Scotland’s local government will remain at its current level for the time being, although East Lothian and Midlothian will move from tier three to tier two on November 24.
Virus rates in these 11 council areas last week ranged from 158 new cases per 100,000 people in West Lothian to 277 in Glasgow – all of which exceeded the national rate of 140 cases per 100,000.
Scotland’s coronavirus cases have increased to 85,612, while the death toll stands at 3,427.