Map: Scottish pubs hit by level system

By Emily Hawkins

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Mapped out: where do pubs face the harshest measures in Scotland?
Mapped out: where do pubs face the harshest measures in Scotland?

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The Morning Advertiser (MA) has mapped out the varying restrictions in Scotland under its five-level system of coronavirus rules.

There are five levels in the system, with many pubs in Scotland impacted by alcohol restrictions and shorter trading windows. This map was last updated Friday 18 December.

Level zero is represented in green, level one in yellow, level two in amber, level three in red and level four in black.

Trade bodies including the Scottish Hospitality Group have slammed the system and argued for more evidence to justify the early closing hours.

Stephen Montgomery, spokesperson for the Scottish Hospitality Group, said: “Remaining in the current tiers, or even worse moving up a tier, is a sucker punch for hard-working hospitality staff who face losing their jobs.

"The Government asked us for refinements to the current restrictions that would protect the public and allow us to trade viably. We provided those recommendations, but they were completely ignored.”

Trade bodies called this lockdown the "worst possible news" for the nation's licensed industry.

What does each level mean for pubs?

Level four​ – under this level, pubs and restaurants would be closed. Schools would remain open but all non-essential shops and many other venues would close. This would be quite similar to the first lockdown in the spring.

Level three​ – pubs and restaurants would be allowed to open until 6pm to serve food and non-alcoholic drinks. However, pubs could not sell alcohol indoors or outdoors. This level is similar to the type of restrictions already faced by hospitality in most of the central belt.

Level two​ – pubs can serve alcohol indoors with a main meal until 8pm. This would be similar to the measures imposed on pubs outside the central belt. At the moment, a maximum of six people from two households can meet at hospitality venues and pubs can serve alcohol outdoors until 10pm. 

Level one​ – pubs would be able to open until 10.30pm. Six people from two households can meet indoors but this was not allowed straightaway. The areas of Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles will be permitted from Friday 13 November.

Level zero​ – this level would be something close to normality. It would allow a maximum of eight people from three different households to meet up indoors.

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