From today there are new local protection levels in place in Scotland.
These are intended to help curb the spread of coronavirus in the whole country and they come into effect from 6.00am today, Monday 2 November 2020. The restrictions are now applied to the 32 Scottish local authority areas, and not the health board areas as before.
A postcode checker has been put in place to give information on what restrictions will apply in each local authority area at any given time. For the moment Edinburgh is in Level Three along with Inverclyde, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, City of Glasgow, South Ayrshire, East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire, Stirling, Falkirk, Clackmannanshire, City of Edinburgh, Midlothian, West Lothian, East Lothian, Dundee, North Lanarkshire and South Lanarkshire.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Our new levels approach enables us to respond quickly and flexibly as required, particularly in areas where we are concerned about the rate at which the virus is spreading. It is important we all comply with the rules in our area if we are to successfully suppress the virus, avoid the need for tighter restrictions, and protect the NHS.
“It’s crucial that everyone knows what level their local authority is in and that they stick to the rules in their area. The postcode tracker will be a vital tool in helping to ensure this happens.
“People across Scotland have faced significant restrictions since late September as we work to stop the increase in Covid cases across the country. Prevalence of the virus is currently lower in Scotland than in other parts of the UK and there are some signs that those earlier restrictions may be starting to slow the rate of increase.
“However, we continue to monitor the spread of the virus in all parts of Scotland to assess if, to what extent and at what speed the slowdown is continuing. No one wants to see tighter restrictions but people can be reassured that, if we need to put in place the protections that come with higher levels, we will not hesitate to do so.
“I also urge everyone to follow two key national restrictions by not mixing with other households inside our homes, and not travelling to or from any part of the country in level 3 unless it is absolutely essential.
“We are continuing to press the UK Government for clarity around the scope of additional financial support being made available to Scotland.”