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Scotland update; pubs and restaurants in central Scotland to close from Friday

New restrictions set to come into force from Friday will mean that all restaurants and pubs in Scotland are to be closed, affecting more than 3.4million people.

Pubs and restaurants in other parts of Scotland will only be able to serve alcohol outdoors until 22:00 with the current rules on no more than six people from two households remaining in place.

The tightening of restrictions comes as the Scottish Government clamber to contain the spread of positive cases.

The new rules will be implemented as of 18:00 on 9th October and will include Scotland’s biggest cities, Glasgow and Edinburgh.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the restrictions were “intended to be short, sharp action to arrest a worrying increase in infection”.

The news follows the hospitality sector’s earlier announcement that stated many pubs and restaurants would be forced to close for good if any further restrictions were imposed on them.

Cafes that do not have an alcohol licence will be able to stay open until 18:00.

Snooker and pool halls, indoor bowling alleys, casinos and bingo halls will also be forced to close for 16 days from 9th October until 25th October.

The latest restrictions for central Scotland cover people living in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire, Forth Valley, Lothian and Ayrshire and Arran health board areas.

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