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UK News Scottish 'ghost towns' warning if stricter COVID restrictions are brought in

06:25  29 october  2020
06:25  29 october  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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A business group has warned Lanarkshire could be left with " ghost towns " if the area is put under the highest level of Covid restrictions . "Clearly when we see cases going up the only way to bring that back down is to introduce more restrictions ," the respiratory medicine expert told The Nine: "Those

The Scottish Labour MSP said: “Scrutiny is absolutely essential, we have been given a number of documents at Speaking as Holyrood debated plans to bring in a five-tier system of restrictions , Ms Sturgeon West Yorkshire braced for 'inevitable' restrictions as Covid cases continue to rise.

Business leaders in Scotland say the highest tier of the country's new COVID restrictions could result in some areas resembling "ghost towns".

a group of people standing on a sidewalk: Motherwell has seen infection rates soar © Sky News Screen Grab Motherwell has seen infection rates soar

The new system comes into force on Monday and its most stringent level will require all non-essential shops and businesses to close.

Virus rates in Lanarkshire have been soaring, leaving many business owners fretting about their futures.

"Lanarkshire is a large part of the Scottish economy and a large part of society," said insurance broker Alan Kirkwood, who is deputy chairman of the Lanarkshire Business Group.

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"If the main towns become ghost towns it will take a long time for them to recover and it will be heart breaking for people who have spent their lives here. It will put fear into a lot of business owners."

a man standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Jeweller Steven McGhee says he will defy any order to close © Sky News Screen Grab Jeweller Steven McGhee says he will defy any order to close

COVID cases in Scotland have now passed the 60,000 mark, with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announcing a further 1,202 positive test in the past 24 hours.

Lanarkshire registered 292 new cases, while neighbouring Greater Glasgow and Clyde saw a further 451 cases recorded.

Just down the road from Motherwell, in the town of Wishaw, jeweller Steven McGhee saw his social media post about his plans to defy any new lockdown go viral.

"I'm going to stay open because my business needs to stay open," he told Sky News.

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"I don't know what the impact will be, but if I can afford the fine I will pay the fine. I'm speaking from the heart. We feel the shops are an easy target. The schools are the problem.

"We've got all the PPE, we've got hand sanitizer and we only allow two people in the shop at one time. We are not the problem."

Scotland's new five-tier system comes into effect on Monday, with the country's First Minister set to announce which areas will go into which tier later today.

Nicola Sturgeon has already announced plans for a 'postcode checker' so residents will be able to work out which tier they fall into.

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