Three council areas move from level two to three from Friday


Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and East Lothian will all move from level two to level three of the five-tiered system from Friday 18th December because of a rising number of Covid cases meaning that pubs, cafes and restaurants will have to stop serving alcohol and must shut at 18:00 and people will no longer be allowed to travel outside of their own council area unless it is essential.

Scotland’s remaining 29 council areas will remain in their current levels, including the controversial decision to keep Edinburgh in tier three with no area in the highest tier, tier four.  Angus, Argyll and Bute, Falkirk and Inverclyde remain in level two with Argyll and Bute is likely to move down to level one next week’

The Scottish Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Highland, Moray, Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles are all already in level one, with no councils currently in the lowest level zero tier.

All of the levels will be reviewed again next Tuesday as a precaution ahead of the festive period.