The Scottish Government has set out which Tiers will apply for each Local Authority area for Scotland and as expected, it has serious implications for us in Lanarkshire.
In an address today, Thursday 29th October 2020 at 12.20, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon advised which of 5 covid lockdown tiers applies to each council.
A deliberate, cautious approach has been taken. No part of the country will go into the Level 0 baseline.
For North and South Lanarkshire, the announcement is: Level THREE, the second highest level of alert. Lanarkshire has avoided a full lockdown, maintaining the current conditions.
Lanarkshire has a high number of positive cases and ICU. Local councils believe they have strong partnership plans in place to make progress.
What does this mean for Blantyre?
No indoor socialising will continue. No groups outside of more than 6 people. No non essential travel. Schools and shops will remain open. Hairdressers and beauticians open. Outdoor events not permitted. Alcohol being sold indoors and outdoors in pubs and restaurants is still currently banned.
Moray, Shetland, Highlands and Islands are in Level 1.
Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen, Fife, Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Bute, Perth & Kinross and Angus are in Level 2.
Level 3 is Inverclyde, East and West Dumbartonshire, Renfrewshire, City of Edinburgh , Stirling, Ayrshire and Dundee. (and Lanarkshire)
These conditions will take effect from Monday 2nd November 2020 at 6am.
1,128 new cases have been reported yesterday, 226 of which are in Lanarkshire. 1,136 people are in hospital and sadly, there has been a further 37 people died from Covid in Scotland in the last 24 hours.
The figures show a rising number of hospital admissions and deaths, a trend seen throughout Europe, which is in the firm grip of a 2nd wave.
What are the Five Tiers for Scotland?
Level 0 intends as much normality as possible but do not remove all restrictions.
Level 4 is when transmission is extremely high when hospitals are in danger of not coping.
Schools will stay open at all levels.
The next update will be Tuesday 10th November 2020. More information on today’s announcement is on the Scottish Government website.
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