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UK News Last orders called as Scotland's lockdown restrictions introduced

00:50  10 october  2020
00:50  10 october  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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It comes as Scotland has recorded more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours for the first time. Here's a breakdown of the restrictions in place. BOOZE BANS. Places inside Scotland ' s so- called 'central belt' - Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire & Arran, Lothian and Forth

The restrictions have been tightened again in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus in Scotland . This restriction was already in place for more than 1.75 million people in Glasgow, North and South Lanarkshire, East and West Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire.

It is a very strange sight indeed, one of the UK's most energetic cities calling time at 6pm on a Friday night.

a man holding a glass of wine: Pubs, bars and restaurants will either face closure or be restricted from selling alcohol © Other Pubs, bars and restaurants will either face closure or be restricted from selling alcohol

In the George IV pub in Edinburgh drinkers booed - in a friendly manner - when the bell was sounded for last orders.

The Scottish government has ordered the closure of all pubs, bars and restaurants in the central belt of the country - where most people live - for the next sixteen days.

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How do the rules in Scotland differ from the UK' s other nations - and On Monday 18 May, Northern Ireland introduced "step one" of the loosening of restrictions , which also encouraged In Northern Ireland, phase one of its lockdown easing sees outdoor spaces and public sports amenities reopen.

SCOTLAND ' S pubs will be barred from serving alcohol indoors for 16 days from Friday - as Nicola Sturgeon The new lockdown for Scotland will include: Pubs and bars to shut for 16 days in five key areas Ms Sturgeon said the restrictions would come into force on Friday and last until October 25

Outside those areas, venues can stay open open between 6am and 6pm - but there's to be no booze served indoors.

For pub goers taking their last sip the measures have left a bitter taste, but for hospitality workers it's much worse.

Publican Ruairi O'Neil says the industry is being unfairly targeted for the spike in infections and the economic cost will be huge.

He said: "People are losing their livelihoods and there's not any jobs out there because we're about go into a massive recession, so that's one of the things we feel like, we're being told to close but there's no solution.... or light at the end of the tunnel."

For many businesses what's happening here feels like a massively backward step.

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Scotland has been in lockdown since 23 March, and did not make major changes to restrictions when they were announced for England earlier this month. The easing measures were announced as Scotland launched its new nation-wide "test and protect" system of tracing and isolating people who

The widened restrictions - which also mean there should only be "essential" visits to people in hospitals and care homes - will be reviewed in a week' s time. Ms Sturgeon said the measures are not yet being extended to Lanarkshire or Inverclyde - noting that levels of infection were "significantly

But the government says the "circuit break" is vital to get the virus back under control.

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However, in a further blow to the hospitality sector, public health experts, like Professor Linda Bauld from Edinburgh University, are warning it may take longer.

She said: "I think these measures will have an impact but the big question is: is sixteen days enough?

"From an epidemiological point of view it may take a little bit longer and that's so dispiriting for people to hear, but I think it will be a review after those sixteen days and then we'll have to see."

At 6pm sharp, the doors in the George IV were bolted and litres of beer were poured away - money literally down the drain.

It would be undrinkable in 16 days time.

A few minutes earlier the last drinkers were shown the door, tumbling into the cold streets to make their way home for an early night.

The Scottish government says the closures will be a short, sharp action.

But for Scotland's pubs and bars - where many businesses are on their last legs - it feels more like a heavy economic hit which many venues may not survive.

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