Scotland Announces A Two-Week Ban On Bars, Pubs & Restaurants In The Wake Of Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic: Scotland has announced a two-week ban on pubs and bars in the wake of ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This decision is taken after Scotland reported 1,000 cases within 24 hours.
Bars, Pubs & Restaurants Serving Alcohol Will Remain Shut After 6 PM
According to the latest rules, bars, pubs and restaurants serving alcohol must be closed after 6 pm. Also, some hotspot zones will have more strict rules.
The changed rules were announced by Nicola Sturgeon this week. However, this move does not indicate complete lockdown like before. It is done to keep in check the number of cases per day.
The restrictions follow the precautions brought in the last month. Scots weren’t allowed to visit other people homes. There were also strict rules regarding outdoor meetings. Pubs and other eateries were closed after 10 pm.
Scotland Reported More Than 1,000 Cases In The last 24 Hours.
Covid-19 cases have escalated in some areas of Scotland, such as the Central area. It includes Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire, Lothian, Forth Valley and Ayrshire.
However, cases are much less in rural areas than compared to urban ones. In the last 24 hours, Scotland reported more than 1,000 points. Before that, it saw around 730 cases per day on average. The number of critical patients in hospitals also increased from 54 to 319.
Reportedly, the spike in cases is because of outbreaks on various university campuses. But old people cases have also increased.
Scotland Won’t Go Through A Complete Lockdown.
Tourism and hospitality officials have warned the government that any further restrictions on already strained business will evade their existence altogether. COVID-19 has spared no one, and many people have suffered the brunt of conditions. Small vendors and company are shutting down, and more and more people continue to lose their jobs.
Ms Sturgeon has already mentioned that Scotland won’t go through a complete lockdown. This decision is taken by keeping economy in mind. The new restrictions try to be as mild as possible for the economy.
Meanwhile, all the schools will remain shut for October half term.