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Coronavirus (COVID-19): temporary restrictions update - 21 October 2020

Published: 21 Oct 2020

Update on the temporary restrictions that were introduced on 7 October, and on plans to replace those restrictions with a new levels based approach to control of the virus.

21 Oct 2020
Coronavirus (COVID-19): temporary restrictions update - 21 October 2020

Temporary measures

On 7 October the First Minister announced that further, temporary restrictions would be introduced on a nationwide basis with other specific measures being introduced across the Central Belt[1] reflecting the higher rates of incidence and prevalence currently in that area in general. In addition, some existing rules and guidance were strengthened alongside wider measures to reduce transmission. 

The temporary measures came into force on Friday 9 October and were planned to last until Sunday 25 October inclusive (the regulations currently expire at 6 am on 26 October). The First Minister indicated on 21 October that it has been judged that these measures are required for a short additional period, until a levels-based approach can be debated in Parliament and then implemented. Regulations will be brought forward tomorrow to extend the current regulations for a further seven days which will give them a new expiry date of 6 am on Monday 2 November.

Strategic Framework

The First Minister also set out on 21 October plans for the publication on Friday 23 October of a new Strategic Framework for control of the virus based on a 'levels' approach. That Strategic Framework will be debated in Parliament during week commending 26 October.  

We will keep the various restrictions in place under review, in light of the evolving status of the epidemic in Scotland.


[1] The Central Belt is for these purposes defined as covering the health board regions of Lothian, Lanarkshire, Forth Valley, Ayrshire & Arran and Greater Glasgow & Clyde – see end note for Local Authorities covered.