Glasgow will go into the highest level of lockdown from 6pm on Friday, Nicola Sturgeon has announced.

The First Minister confirmed that the city with ten other areas will be moved into level four for the following three weeks.

Ms Sturgeon said while numbers of positive cases were stabilising, they were at a too high a level and action was needed to bring the numbers down faster before the winter period.

Glasgow, East and West Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire in the Greater Glasgow area are affected.

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North and South Lanarkshire will also go into level four as will East and South Ayrshire, Stirling and West Lothian.

Ms Sturgeon said it will be for a limited period of time and will be lifted on December 11.

She said the restrictions on household visits and hospitality have made a difference and slowed down the increase in cases and helped to flatten the curve of cases.

Howeve she said across central Scotland cases numbers are "significantly above the national average." 

She said cases numbers must be reduced before winter when NHS is under increased pressure and to allow easing in all parts of Scotland before Christmas.

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The latest figures show there were 37 deaths registered in the last 24 hours. 

There were 1248 new positive cases.

There were 1248 in hospital, an increase of22 and there were 95 in intensive care, a fall of 3.

The level four lockdown rules mean: 

You should not meet anyone who is not in your household indoors in your home or in their home.

You can meet another household indoors in a public place. The maximum number of people who can meet indoors in a public (not a home) place is 6 which can be from up to 2 separate households. 

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You can meet people from other households outdoors in a private garden or in a public place such as a park. The maximum number of people who can meet outdoors is 6 which can be from up to 2 separate households.

Restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars will be closed. 

Takeaways can still operate as normal, provided food and drink is sold for consumption off premises

Only essential shops will be able to remain open in Level 4

Close contact services and mobile close contact service providers  including  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 must not operate in Level 4. 

Indoor sports facilities are closed.

Outdoor gyms can remain open.

Outdoor non-contact sports are permitted for all age groups.

All leisure and entertainment premises must be closed.

Museums galleries and libraries will be closed.

Schools colleges and universities will remain open.