The SNP's new five-tier plan for local lockdowns explained

Dan Sanderson
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Hospitality venues will still face significant curbs - v/Euan Cherry
Hospitality venues will still face significant curbs - v/Euan Cherry

Nicola Sturgeon unveiled her new five-tier plan for local lockdowns on Friday.

It is due to come into force on November 2. It will be consulted upon before a Holyrood vote on Tuesday, meaning it could yet change.

The First Minister is already considering moving from presenting the five levels as zero to four, to one to five, after social media users complained that the numbering was confusing.

However, here are what the restrictions would mean under the five levels set out by the First Minister on Friday.

Which level will apply to each of the country's 32 council areas will be announced next week.

Level 0

For areas with low incidence of the virus and only isolated clusters.

The “closest possible” the Scottish Government believes it will be able to get to normality without a vaccine or effective treatment in place.

A maximum of eight people from three households can meet indoors, with up to 15 from five households able to meet outdoors.

No non-essential travel to areas classed as level three or above. Outdoor events, as well as spectators at sports stadiums, are allowed with restricted numbers. Indoor events, with seating only, permitted. Up to 50 people allowed at weddings, funerals and wakes. All exercise permitted. 

Pubs and restaurants can serve alcohol indoors and oudoors but nightclubs and adult entertainment venues shut. Working from home is still advised.

Level 1

A maximum of six people from two households can meet, indoors or outdoors. No non-essential travel to areas classed as level three or above. Outdoor and indoor events still allowed. The number of people allowed at weddings, funerals and wakes drops from 50 to to 20. No indoor adult amateur contact sports.

Level 2

There is “increased transmission” of the virus. Socialising with members of other households in homes is banned, with up to six people from two households able to meet in public places or hospitality venues.

No travel to areas classed as level three or above. Additional protective measures in public buildings, such as libraries, are imposed.

Stadiums closed to spectators, outdoor events cancelled. Enhanced protective measures put in place in schools. Cinemas can open but soft play, funfairs, bowling, theatres, shut. Alcohol can be served in hospitality venues indoors only with a main meal, or outside without food.

Level 3 

The same rules for socialising as level two. No non-essential travel out of the area. At this level, the public would be told to avoid public transport.

Personal services such as hairdressers can remain open but may be subject to “additional protective measures”. Adult outdoor contact sports cannot take place. Indoors, only individual exercise allowed.

All leisure and entertainment venues close. No sale of alcohol in pubs or restaurants, although food may be served. Universities move to "restricted blended" learning.

Level 4

There is “very high or rapidly increasing” incidence of the virus and widespread community transmission, meaning a near-full lockdown is imposed.

No non-essential travel out of the level four area, and a stay at home “requirement” may be brought in. Non-essential shops, public buildings, gyms, visitor attractions, pubs and restaurants closed completely.

Numbers allowed at religious services drop from 50, at all other levels, to 20.

The number of people allowed at weddings drops from 20 to five. Up to 20 still allowed at funerals or wakes although receptions are banned. Essential workers only can make use of informal childcare. There is a presumption that schools stay open, but driving lessons are banned.