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Coronavirus hospitality restrictions extended in Scotland

Coronavirus hospitality restrictions extended in Scotland

Coronavirus restrictions which have seen some bars and restaurants closed in Scotland are to be extended.

Bars, cafés and restaurants have been closed in Scotland's central belt since 9 October as part of efforts to tackle a rise in COVID-19 cases in the country. In other parts of the country, hospitality venues have seen restrictions on their opening hours and venues have only been allowed to serve alcohol in outdoor settings.

The restrictions had been due to expire on 26 October, however, they have now been extended up until 2 November.

The restrictions have now been extended, partly to allow for a "smooth transition" to a new system of measures in the country, which the Scottish Government hopes will take effect on 2 November.

First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon has said that details of a new tiered system of restrictions will be published online on Friday.

In the latest 24-hour period, a further 28 deaths from COVID-19 were recorded in Scotland, the highest number since May.

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