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Latest updates to Scotland restrictions

Updates have been made to several areas in Scotland, including Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and East Lothian, who will all move from level two to level three on Friday 18th December, with greater restrictions coming into force in the hospitality sector.

What are the rules?

Level four (lockdown) rules

Additional restrictions apply:

  • Non-essential shops, pubs and restaurants, and gyms close
  • Libraries and hairdressers also close

Schools stay open in all levels, and here must also be no non-essential travel between Scotland the rest of the UK.

Level three (very high) rules

Additional restrictions apply:

  • Pubs and restaurants can open until 18:00, but alcohol cannot be served
  • Leisure and entertainment venues are closed
  • Non-essential travel in or out of the area not allowed
  • Gyms uses restricted to individuals and not groups

Level two (high) rules

Additional restrictions apply:

  • No gatherings inside homes
  • Up to six people from two households can meet outdoors or at a pub or restaurant
  • Most hospitality venues can open
  • Alcohol can be served indoors with a meal until 20:00 and outdoors until 22:30
  • Most leisure premises are closed except gyms, cinemas, bingo halls and amusement arcades

Level one (medium) rules

Additional restrictions apply:

  • In Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles, up to six people from two households can meet inside their homes. This is not allowed in Highlands or Moray.
  • People in all areas can meet up to seven other people outdoors, from a maximum of three households

Level zero (nearly normal) rules

  • Indoor meetings allowed with up to eight people from three households
  • Up to 15 people from five households can meet outdoors
  • No areas have been placed in the lowest tier.


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