Schools will remain open as restrictions tighten
Twelve local authority areas in Scotland are to be moved into Tier 4 restrictions, with an announcement set for this afternoon. The increased restrictions will close the following:
- hospitality venues including pubs and restaurants, though food can still be served in hotels
- non-essential shops and offices
- gyms, hairdressers and beauty salons
- entertainment venues
- tourist accommodation
- stadiums and event venues
- public buildings and visitor attractions
Schools, childcare, accommodation for work purposes and places of worship (with a 20-person limit) will remain open.
Northern Ireland, which saw coronavirus cases fall sharply when its schools were closed for the holidays, has seen cases rise again once they re-opened in spite of lockdown measures, so there are fears that a move into Scotland’s highest ‘tier 5’ will follow soon.
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