Mainland Scotland will be placed in lockdown from Tuesday after the new strain of coronavirus led to a spike in cases.
The new restrictions apply throughout January in all Level 4 areas of the Scottish Government’s five-tier system.
Only Shetland, Orkney, Western Isles and several other islands are currently in a different level – Level 3.
Scots are now legally required to stay at home except for essential purposes.
These include essential shopping, exercise, caring responsibilities and being part of an extended household.
Anyone able to work from home must do so. Businesses are being asked to “look again at their operations” to facilitate this. Anyone who is shielding should not go into work even if they cannot work from home.
No more than two people from two separate households can meet outdoors.
Indoor meetings are already banned in Level 4 areas, with some exceptions such as extended…