West Dunbartonshire will continue with similar restrictions to those already in place after it was revealed the area will be in tier three of the new coronavirus framework.

The First Minister confirmed the classification during a statement to parliament today (Thursday) when she also confirmed a further 37 people had died due to Covid-19 in the last 24 hours.

All areas of the central belt which have been subject to additional measures compared with the rest of the country will continue in tier three.

The guidelines within this level, which will be in force from Monday, are broadly similar to current restrictions but will pave the way for restaurants and pubs to reopen as long as they don’t sell alcohol and close by 6pm.

The First Minister said tier three would be “In place for as short a time as possible”. She added: “We will review on a weekly basis whether any changes are required.”

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Ms Sturgeon said she would confirm to parliament on a Tuesday any changes which would come into effect the following Friday.

The First Minister also acknowledged national lockdowns which have been put in place in the likes of France and Germany recently saying Europe is “firmly in the grip” of a second wave of the virus.

Addressing travel restrictions, she added: “If you live in a level three council area please do not travel outside the are you live in unless you require to for essential reasons. Make sure you know the restrictions in your local area."

Since Tuesday, September 1, people in West Dunbartonshire have been unable to meet up with other households indoors.

And on Friday, October 9, pubs and restaurants were forced to close in a bid to prevent further spread of the virus.

On Tuesday, when she presented the tiers to MSPs at Holyrood, Nicola Sturgeon said: “Our position just now is still fragile. We must continue to be very cautious.”

Professor Jason Leitch told a parliamentary committee yesterday (Wednesday) that it was likely the tiers would be in place for three to four weeks at a time before being reviewed.

He last week warned people to be prepared for a “digital Christmas” with the possibility rules prohibiting household meet-ups will still be in place come December 25.

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Ms Sturgeon said the Scottish Government would look in future at any situation where it might make more sense to be more targeted, for example different levels for Argyll and Bute islands to the mainland communities from that local authority.

Argyll and Bute has been classed as level two which is similar to tier three but means licensed premises can serve alcohol indoors with a main meal until 8pm and outdoors until 10.30pm.

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