Map: Scottish pubs hit by level system

By Emily Hawkins contact

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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.

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.”

Sturgeon said there was “ground for continued and significant concern” about levels of infection in areas to be moved to level four on Friday 20 November from 6pm.

Those council areas are: the City of Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, East Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, Stirling and West Lothian.

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

The areas of East Lothian and Midlothian will move down from level three to level two from Tuesday 24 November. Pubs in level two areas will be allowed to sell alcohol indoors with a main meal until 8pm.

The full list of areas by restrictions, as stated on the Scottish Government's website.

Aberdeen City 

Level 2

Aberdeenshire

Level 2

Angus

Level 3

Argyll and Bute

Level 2

Clackmannanshire

Level 3

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Level 1

Dumfries and Galloway

Level 2

Dundee City 

Level 3

East Ayrshire

Level 3
Will move to Level 4​ for 3 weeks from 6pm on 20 November.

East Dunbartonshire

Level 3
Will move to Level 4​ for 3 weeks from 6pm on 20 November.

East Lothian

Level 3
Will move to Level 2​ on 24 November.

East Renfrewshire

Level 3
Will move to Level 4​ for 3 weeks from 6pm on 20 November.

Edinburgh (City of)

Level 3

Falkirk

Level 3

Fife

Level 3​ 

Glasgow City

Level 3
Will move to Level 4​ for 3 weeks from 6pm on 20 November.

Highland

Level 1

Inverclyde

Level 3

Midlothian

Level 3
Will move to Level 2​ on 24 November.

Moray

Level 1

North Ayrshire

Level 3

North Lanarkshire

Level 3
Will move to Level 4​ for 3 weeks from 6pm on 20 November.

Orkney Islands

Level 1

Perth and Kinross

Level 3​ 

Renfrewshire

Level 3
Will move to Level 4​ for 3 weeks from 6pm on 20 November.

Scottish Borders

Level 2

Shetland Islands

Level 1

South Ayrshire

Level 3
Will move to Level 4​ for 3 weeks from 6pm on 20 November.

South Lanarkshire

Level 3
Will move to Level 4​ for 3 weeks from 6pm on 20 November.

Stirling

Level 3
Will move to Level 4​ for 3 weeks from 6pm on 20 November.

West Dunbartonshire

Level 3
Will move to Level 4​ for 3 weeks from 6pm on 20 November.

West Lothian

Level 3
Will move to Level 4​ for 3 weeks from 6pm on 20 November.

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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