First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced today that while Scotland will remain on a levels system for now, without a complete lockdown, some areas will move to level 4 from 6pm on Friday the 20th November and remain in place for 3 weeks until Friday the 11th December. She advised that this was a regrettable but necessary decision in order to prevent the pressure on the NHS in those regions from becoming intolerable. The restrictions for Level 4 unfortunately do include the closure of close contact services.
Those areas confirmed as moving into Level 4 from Friday are as follows:
East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow City, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, Stirling, West Dunbartonshire and West Lothian.
All hair & beauty businesses (including mobile) in level 4 areas will therefore sadly be required to close for the 3 week period. For a full breakdown of the restrictions in level 4 please click here or for a summarised table click here.
A glimmer of good news is that East Lothian and Midlothian will both move from Level 3 to Level 2 on the 24th November.
For full details on all levels and which one your region is currently in please click here
For details on additional financial Scottish grants made available for those businesses that have been forced to close please click here
We have requested urgent clarification from the Scottish Government on what training facilities may remain open.