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Coronavirus update - First Minster sets out new restrictions

By David Porter

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Scotland recorded 1054 new cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours which equated to 13 per cent of newly tested individuals

As in previous days the largest number of cases were seen in the NHS Greater Glasgow area with 410 cases followed by NHS Lanarkshire with 195, NHS Lothian with 190 and NHS Ayrshire with 63.

NHS Grampian saw 34 cases and NHS Highland 19 and in Aberdeenshire as a whole there have been 42 positive tests in the last seven days.

Addressing the Scottish Parliament the First Minister said: "These figures illustrate the rising challenge we face.

"Progress has been made and the situation is better than in March, even after several weeks of increases they are not rising as quickly as they were in March.

"We are living much more freely than in Spring. we are not going back into lockdown.

"While measures will feel like a backward step they are in our best interest."

She continued: "The number of new cases is growing by around seven per cent each day - we would return to peak levels by the end of this month if we do not take action.

"It is to interrupt that trajectory that we must act now.

She explained - For 16 days from Friday at 6pm until Sunday, October 25 - with the exception of five health board areas (Greater Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire, Forth Valley and Lothian) - pubs bars restaurants and cafes will be able to operate indoors on the following basis - during the day from 6am to 6pm for the service of food and non-alcoholic drinks only.

Hotel restaurants will be able to operate beyond 6pm but for residents only and without alcohol.

All current restrictions apply for meets up.

Bars, pubs restaurants and cafes outside the five areas can continue to serve alcohol outside up to the 10pm curfew.

Exemptions for life events already booked (weddings/funerals).

Shops will be asked to return to two metre rules and one way systems.

In the Central belt - Greater Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire, Forth Valley and Lothian all licensed premises to close at 6pm with no exception.

Snooker, pool halls and bingo in those five areas will close for two weeks from October 10, contact sports for 18 and over off, indoor excercise off and gyms open for individuals.

Outdoor live events will also be off in these five areas.

People are asked to avoid public transport in theses areas. - not insisting cancelling holidays but advising not to travel out with area if they don't need to.

Regulations on facemasks will also be extended to workplaces were compliance is not high enough.

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