Cornavirus in Scotland LIVE: Nicola Sturgeon reveals the tiers in full for each of the 32 local authorities

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Thursday, 29th October 2020, 6:25 am

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Last updated: Thursday, 29 October, 2020, 13:46

  • Nicola Sturgeon to outline local authority tiered lockdowns
  • 37 Covid deaths in Scotland reported on Thursday
  • 1,128 new cases of coronavirus reported

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£10,000 fine for two teenagers who organised party

Two 19-year-old women each face a fine of £10,000 after breaching Covid-19 regulations by organising a party at a house in Canterbury, Kent Police said.

Police officers were on patrol when they heard noise coming from a residential address during the early hours of Thursday October 22.

A large gathering, well in excess of 30 people, was discovered inside the property along with a DJ and dance area.

How do you feel about your area’s coronavirus tier?

Mary Graham writes: “That’s bound to happen when people violate the regulations.”

Shelley Allan Wilson said: “Why are people complaining, and why are people so nasty towards our first minister? She didn’t cause this virus and she is doing the best she can to protect the people of Scotland and our NHS. 

“I’d like to see those who are slagging her off do any better. Cases are rising, deaths are rising. Maybe if people followed the rules in the first place we wouldn’t be in this mess so maybe instead of blaming the first minister for everything maybe ask yourself if you have followed the rules.”

BBC Scotland director ‘regrets’ coronavirus briefing confusion

The director of BBC Scotland has said he “regrets” any confusion over its coverage of the First Minister’s daily coronavirus briefings.

Steve Carson said the broadcaster never intended to cease coverage of the briefings, but some members of the BBC audience had nevertheless formed that impression.

In September, the BBC indicated it would shift to providing televised coverage of the briefings based on “editorial merit”, while continuing to stream them online.

Following criticism of the move, the broadcaster later confirmed it would continue to show them on live TV.

Mr Carson appeared before the Scottish Parliament’s Culture Committee on Thursday as MSPs took evidence on the BBC’s annual report and accounts.

In response to a question from SNP MSP Annabelle Ewing, he said: “I do regret, and I agree, that for a period of days people were incredibly confused as to what they thought the BBC were doing.”

He said the BBC had a legal obligation to due impartiality and the original decision intended to make clear that coverage of the briefings was not as a result of any “directive”.

How do you feel about your area’s coronavirus tier?

Martin Walker says: “How can Edinburgh be in the same tier as Glasgow and Lanarkshire? The “judgement” being applied needs to be a bit more transparent!”

Jane E. Fairnie: “She said she hoped to move City of Edinburgh and East Lothian to level 2 very quickly. She also said they were being over cautious initially. It’s now up to us all, follow the rules and we’ll drop a level at the first review. It’s in our hands.”

Most Scots to face Level 3 in new five-tier coronavirus restrictions

The majority of Scots will be placed into Level 3 of the new five-tier coronavirus restrictions from Monday, with the rest of the country in either Levels 1 or 2, Nicola Sturgeon has said.

Speaking in the Scottish Parliament, the First Minister outlined the level of Covid-19 restrictions each area of Scotland will have when the new system comes into effect next week.

The central belt – including Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and Falkirk – will be joined by Dundee and Ayrshire in Level 3.

Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen, Fife, the Borders, Dumfries and Galloway, Argyll and Bute, Perth and Kinross and Angus will be in Level 2.

Highland, Moray, Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland have been assessed as Level 1.

Restrictions in Scotland by local authority

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Barry Kirk said: “It is what it is. Stick by it, get through it and try and keep everyone safe.”

Read more: Nicola Sturgeon’s lockdown levels announcement speech in full

Scotland’s Tier System: This is which coronavirus level your area is in

Nicola Sturgeon said she cannot rule out the need for nationwide restrictions resembling another lockdown if Covid-19 cases increase.

The First Minister urged Scots to “dig in and stick with it”, adding that success in suppressing the virus will lead to the easing of restrictions across the country.

She added: “We are, as of now, making progress in Scotland. But cases are still rising and the situation we face is fragile. And across Europe the pandemic is accelerating.

“So I cannot rule out a move back to nationwide restrictions in the next few weeks, including at Level 4.

“That could happen if, for example, cases in parts of the county start to rise faster again, to the extent that controlling spread with travel restrictions will not be effective.”

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