Wednesday, 21 Oct 2020

Shops ordered to enforce 2m rule 'until further notice' in Scotland

Shops in Scotland have been told they will need to enforce the two metre social distancing rule ‘until further notice’.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced new measures today, saying there would be stricter rules across the country.

‘We are asking shops to return to two metre physical distancing,’ she said, adding shop staff would also be asked to return to things like using one way systems to prevent spread of the virus.

Pubs and restaurants have also been banned from serving alcohol indoors for two weeks, and told they can only open indoors between 6am and 6pm for the ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown.

To soften the blow these curbs will have on Scotland’s hospitality industry, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced an additional £40million of funding to help keep businesses afloat.

Under the new rules, which come into force on Friday and end on October 25, venues will be able to serve alcohol outdoors up until the current 10pm curfew which applies across Scotland, Wales and England.

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