New lockdown rules have been announced by Nicola Sturgeon.

She announced the rules which go futher than Boris Johnson did for England with new restrictions.

The First Minister announced the changes across Scotland affecting household meetings, a curfew on pubs, restaurants and cafes and new rules on travel by car and she re-inforced the message to work from home if you can.

The new rules mean the restrictions on household gatherings that are in place in Glasgow and the west of Scotland will be extended to the whole country.

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Ms Sturgeon announced the following rules.

Household meetings

Ms Sturgeon said: "From tomorrow, to be reviewed after three weeks, and with exceptions that I will come on to, visiting other households will not be permitted.

"Rules for meeting other people in public indoor spaces that are subject to strict regulation and guidance, remain the same – you can meet with one other household only and in groups of no more than 6 people.

"You can also continue to meet with one other household in groups of up to 6 outdoors, including in private gardens."


From Friday pubs, bars and restaurants will be required to close at 10pm.

The First Minister, said: "This decision today means we can reduce the amount of time people are able to spend in licensed premises, thereby curtailing the spread of the virus, while still allowing businesses to trade and provide jobs. This is the best balance for now."


A ban on travelling in cars with people you do not live with.

Ms Sturgeon said: "We are therefore advising against car sharing with people outside your own household."

Home working

Everyone who can work from home, should work from home.  

Ms Sturgeon said: "That has been the Scottish Government advice throughout, but we are reinforcing it today.

"To employers, if you have encouraged workers back to the office who could be working from home, please rethink that.

"We know not everyone wants to work from home - and it does have an impact on our town and city centres - but with the virus on the rise again, home working limits the numbers of people on public transport and gathering together for lengthy periods indoors. That is why it is important."

She said the rules announced by Boris Johnson would apply in Scotland but that she would go further with more restrictions.

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Ms Sturgeon said: “I can confirm that we will introduce measures on hospitality similar to those outlined for England by the Prime Minister a short while ago - and thereby align as far as possible with the rest of the UK."

Earlier she took part in a UK Cobra, emergencies meeting with the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, and then chaired a Scottish Cabinet meeting with government ministers.

Ms Sturgeon added: "The measures I am announcing today are tough - I will not pretend otherwise - but they do not represent a full scale lockdown of the kind imposed in March.

"Indeed, today’s measures are an attempt to avoid another lockdown."

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The annoucement ends days of anticipation that tougher new rules would be put in place.

For a number of days Ms Sturgeon had been warning that rising cases across the country meant that new restrictions were necessary.

The latest statistics showed there were 383 new cases and one further death.

Ms Sturgeon asked people not to book a foreign holiday over the October school break.