What is Tier 4 in Scotland and what are the new Covid restrictions?

NICOLA Sturgeon today revealed 11 local authorities in Scotland will move into Tier Four lockdown in a bid to halt the spread of coronavirus before Christmas.

The First Minister said the council areas – including Glasgow and Lanarkshire – will be put under 'stay at home' regulations for three weeks – starting at 6pm on Friday.

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The council areas affected are the City of Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire, West Dunbartonshire, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, East Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, Stirling and West Lothian.

Here’s how Level Four lockdown rules will affect Scots across the country.

Retail and hospitality

Non-essential shops are must close under Tier Four rules – despite calls for them to remain open.

Bars, restaurants and cafes would be shut completely, with only takeaways able to stay open.

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Hairdressers and beauty salons are also forced to close under the drastic measures.

Only key retail outlets and takeaways would be allowed to continue operating, similar to March’s full lockdown.

Many shops will introduce one-way systems for customers, with two-metre social distancing enforced as well.

Hotels are allowed to stay open and continue serving food – but only for key workers staying for essential reasons.

Meeting other households

Indoor visits are banned completely under Level Four curbs, with people urged to remain at home as often as possible.

Scots are allowed to meet pals and family from one other household outdoors, with a maximum of six people allowed to gather at any one time.

Anyone who lives alone is allowed to form an extended household, and couples who don’t stay together can still spend time together indoors.

Where indoor visits are essential, people should maintain social distancing and recommended hygiene measures.


Scots will be forced to remain within their own council areas during a Tier Four lockdown with the aim of halting transmission of the virus.

But essential travel to other parts of the country for work, school and university would still be permitted.

People are allowed to drive to other local authority areas for healthcare and shopping if absolutely necessary.

Scots are allowed to travel to other areas for exercise – provided they go no more than five miles from their home.

The Scottish Government will also impose fines for people who travel outside their council area without a valid reason from Friday – but cops have said this could be difficult to enforce.


Schools will remain open when Level Four measures are imposed later this week.

But it has emerged that teachers could potentially strike if tough lockdown rules are introduced.

The country’s largest teaching union has given members a survey to get their views on working under Tier Four curbs.

What does lockdown Tier 4 mean in Scotland?

TIER 4 is the highest level of rules under Scotland’s 0-4 scale. Tier 4 is Very High and near-lockdown- here’s what it means for you.

  • All hospitality closed – except for hotels for work purposes
  • No non-essential travel in or out of level four area
  • No use of public transport except for essential purposes; avoid car sharing
  • Non essential retail closed (click and collect permitted)
  • Hairdresser, barbers and beauticians including mobile services closed
  • Worship open but restricted to 20 people
  • Weddings allowed with max of five people (or six with interpreter)
  • Funerals and wakes permitted with 20 person limit
  • Schools open with enhanced and targeted protective measures
  • Driving lessons not allowed
  • Gyms closed, outdoor non-contact sports only
  • Leisure, entertainment and visitor attractions closed
  • Check what tier you're in here
  • Where and when to watch the daily coronavirus briefing
  • More info on Tier 4 and what it means for you


Leisure and entertainment

Indoor gyms must shut under tighter lockdown curbs.

Museums, cinemas, libraries and all other entertainment venues are not allowed to open in Tier Four.

Outdoor parks and gardens can remain open to ensure people have plenty of space for exercise.

Weddings and funerals

Wedding receptions are not permitted under Tier Four rules – but marriage registrations can still take place with a maximum of 15 people able to attend.

Funerals and wakes are still allowed with 20 mourners able to attend, provided physical distancing rules can be followed.

And other life events such as christenings are still able to go ahead in places of worship.

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