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Latest Guidelines for Dunbartonshire
Link to announcement from First Minister is here, with extracts below.
Some measures introduced have been on a NATIONWIDE level and others apply only to the five health boards in the CENTRAL BELT - Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire & Arran, Lothian and Forth Valley.
The measures on hospitality are intended to be in force for 16 days, from Friday 9th October at 6pm to Sunday 25 October inclusive - in other words across the next two weeks and three weekends.
With the exception of the five health board areas - pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes will be able to operate indoors on the following very restricted basis only:
- During the day, from 6am to 6pm, for the service of food and non-alcoholic drinks only.
- Hotel restaurants will be able to operate beyond 6pm, but only for residents and without alcohol.
The reason we are not closing indoor hospitality completely is that we know the benefits, in terms of reducing loneliness and isolation, of giving people - particularly those who live alone - somewhere they can meet a friend for a coffee and a chat.
But the restrictions will be strictly applied. And all the current regulations and the limits on meeting a maximum of 6 people from 2 households in indoor public places will still apply.
With the exception of the central belt areas, bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes can continue to serve alcohol outdoors up to the existing curfew time of 10pm, and subject to the 6/2 rule on group size.
There will be an exemption to these rules - in all parts of Scotland – it’s important to stress this, for celebrations associated with specific life events such as weddings that are already booked and funerals. The current rules for those will continue to apply.
Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire & Arran, Lothian and Forth Valley.
All licensed premises - with the exception of hotels for residents - will be required to close indoors and outdoors, though takeaways will be permitted. Hotels will remain open for residents.
Cafes which don’t have an alcohol license will be able to stay open until 6pm to support social isolation.
In addition, snooker and pool halls, indoor bowling alleys, casinos and bingo halls will close in these areas for two weeks from 10 October.
Contact sports for people aged 18 and over will be suspended for the next two weeks – with an exception for professional sports.
And indoor group exercise activities will not be allowed – although the current rules will remain in place for under 18s. Gyms can remain open for individual exercise.
Outdoor live events will not be permitted in these five regions for the next two weeks.
And finally, we are asking people living in these 5 health board areas to avoid public transport unless it is absolutely necessary – for example for going to school or to work, if home working is not an option.
We are not imposing mandatory travel restrictions at this stage, and specifically, we are not insisting that people cancel any half term breaks they have planned.
However, in general, we are advising people living in Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire & Arran, Lothian and Forth Valley not to travel outside the health board area they live in, if you don’t need to - and likewise people in other parts of Scotland should not travel to these areas if they don’t need to.
I can announce that we are making available an additional £40 million to support businesses that will be affected by these measures over the next two weeks. We will work with the affected sectors – obviously especially hospitality – in the coming days to ensure that this money provides the most help, to those who most need it and gets to them as quickly as possible.
HOW CAN THE CHAMBER HELP
If your business is affected by the restrictions, please get in touch with any details of your mitigating plans such as "Click and Collect" and Home Delivery to keep your business going.
We will make our best efforts to inform everyone in the area about the businesses who are adapting to the temporary restrictions and ask for their local support.
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