Nicola Sturgeon announces Glasgow will remain in Level 3 lockdown amid spike in covid cases

Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed Glasgow will be kept in Level 3 lockdown in a bid to deal with an increase in covid cases.

The city remained in third place last week due to an increase in infections as most of Scotland fell by one level.

During a press conference, Sturgeon confirmed that Level 3 will remain in place in Glasgow for a week at this point.

She said “extensive” public health measures had been rolled out and cases continued to rise.

Sturgeon said she was “fairly certain” that the increases were due to the so-called Indian variant, which she said was even more heritable than the Kent variant.

She added that the city of Glasgow had yet to take the plunge, but insisted it was ‘confident’ the public health measures would be effective

Level 3 means pubs and restaurants cannot serve alcohol indoors and the ban on visiting other people’s households remains in place.

Moray is another area that has been kept at level 3, but will upgrade to level 2. Sturgeon said there have been “very significant” improvements.

Everything you need to know about level 3

– you can get together in groups of up to 6 from 2 households in a covered public place such as a cafe, pub or restaurant

– you can meet in groups of up to 6 from 6 households outdoors, in a private garden or a public place such as a park or an outdoor area of ​​a cafe

– you can travel anywhere in Scotland and stay in holiday accommodation – but you don’t have to stay in someone else’s house

– you should not enter someone’s house except for certain reasons such as joining your extended household or caring for a vulnerable person

– you can travel to England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands – before traveling you should check the travel rules in these countries

– 50 people can attend funerals and weddings

– you should work from home if possible

What can open at level 3?

This list is not exhaustive, but includes:

– cafes, pubs and restaurants can provide full outdoor service, subject to a local license, and serve food indoors without alcohol until 8:00 p.m.

– all shops and stores

-all close contact services including hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons

– gymnasiums and swimming pools (no indoor group exercise classes authorized for over 18s)

To travel

Travel is permitted both within Scotland and between Scotland and England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man – with the exception from all parts of Scotland to level 3 or level 4.

In a press release later, the Prime Minister said: ‘Extensive public health measures have been rolled out in the city of Glasgow, including improved testing and vaccination in areas with the highest COVID rates – especially postal codes G41 and G42 – and improved contact tracing. has been set up.

“Despite all the best efforts that have been put in over the past 10 days, however, cases in Glasgow continue to increase and we are pretty sure the increase is due to the April-02 variant. convinced that the major public health efforts that are underway will be effective – and that they will bring virus levels under control – but they need a little more time to do so.

“We also need a little more time to be more confident that the vaccination will stop the increase in the number of cases today, turning into a sharp increase in the number of hospitals and serious illnesses in a few weeks.

“I know how unwelcome Glasgow to stay at Level 3 is for individuals and businesses, but I sincerely hope it won’t be too long, and all of us who live in Glasgow can play our part to get this under control as soon as possible. . “

Glasgow Chamber of Commerce Managing Director Stuart Patrick said:

“Again we have the announcement that Glasgow is to stay at Level 3 with little to no notice, and no indication of when that might change. This follows last weekend, when hospitality companies faced heavy financial losses in terms of staff and perishable food costs.

“The city occupies a unique position given the size of the surrounding metropolitan area. Non-essential retail businesses, although allowed to open, lose two-thirds of their customer base while customers are not allowed to enter the city center from the surrounding Level 2 areas.

“It cannot be allowed to continue. In the future, we need more notice of change, enough to give companies the opportunity to make the appropriate logistics decisions. We also need much more targeted and appropriate levels of financial support for businesses negatively affected by rule changes.

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