COVID-19: Areas of Scotland Move to Tier 4

Nov 17, 2020

Nicola Sturgeon has announced that a number of areas with ‘stubbornly’ high levels of COVID-19 will be moving into Tier 4 from Friday.

A number of areas within Scotland are to move into Tier 4 from Friday, for three weeks. These restrictions are expected to be lifted on 11th December.


The Telegraph reported today that “On Monday, Ms Sturgeon laid out the proposed plans at the Scottish Government’s coronavirus briefing, and identified Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Lanarkshire as areas where the rate of infection was a concern. The First Minister suggested a “limited period” of the strictest measures – moving from Level 3 to Level 4 – could allow an easing around Christmas.”


This move to Tier 4 means that non-essential shops, bars, restaurants, hairdressers and visitor attractions have to close, and non-essential travel-bans will be in place.


Who is moving to Tier 4?

  • The City of Glasgow
  • Renfrewshire
  • East Renfrewshire
  • East Dunbartonshire
  • West Dunbartonshire
  • North Lanarkshire
  • South Lanarkshire
  • East Ayrshire
  • South Ayrshire
  • Stirling
  • West Lothian


“Our objective in taking this action now is to protect the NHS, create the prospect of seeing some loved ones at Christmas and completing the journey to next spring with as few restrictions as possible and with the minimum impact on life and health.” – First Minister Nicola Sturgeon


What does this mean for our industry? (Source: Scottish Government)


Close contact services and mobile close contact service providers must not operate in Level 4.  Read more: Guidance for close contact services.


Close contact services includes:

  • hairdressing and barbers
  • beauty and nail services (including make-up)
  • hair removal
  • tattoo, piercing and body modification
  • fashion design, dress-fitting and tailoring
  • indoor portrait photography
  • massage therapies
  • complementary and alternative medicine services requiring physical contact or close physical proximity between persons, but not osteopathy and chiropractic services
  • spa and wellness services
  • other services or procedures which require physical contact or close physical proximity between a provider and a customer and are not ancillary to medical, health, or social care services

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