Nicola Sturgeon announces 11 council areas moving into level four

Nicola Sturgeon announces 11 local authority areas - including the city of Glasgow - will be moved into Scotland's toughest coronavirus level from Friday as she warns infection rates are staying 'stubbornly high'

By Jack Maidment, Deputy Political Editor For Mailonline

Published: 14:39 GMT, 17 November 2020 | Updated: 14:50 GMT, 17 November 2020

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Nicola Sturgeon today announced 11 local authority areas will be moved into Scotland's toughest coronavirus level at the end of the week as she warned infection rates are still 'stubbornly' high. 

The First Minister said the 11 council areas, which includes the city of Glasgow, will be subject to level four restrictions from 6pm on Friday.  

People living in the level four areas will be banned from meeting with other households indoors while only essential shops will be allowed to stay open. 

Ms Sturgeon said her message to people in those areas is that they 'should not be going out and about' and that the measures will be in place for three weeks, lifting on December 11.  

The council areas in Scotland moving to Level Four from Friday are the City of Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, East Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, Stirling and West Lothian.

Ms Sturgeon said there was 'grounds for continued and significant concern' in all of the areas being moved into to Level Four.  

As well as the 11 areas being elevated to level four, two areas are being moved from level three to level two while 19 will experience no change.   

Nicola Sturgeon today announced 11 local authority areas are being moved into the toughest coronavirus level from Friday

Nicola Sturgeon today announced 11 local authority areas are being moved into the toughest coronavirus level from Friday

Ms Sturgeon said the move into Level Four is intended to be 'short and sharp' as she set out her hopes that the measures will result in a significant drop in infections which will

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