COVID-19 Update- new powers for Local Authorities & Scotland remains in Phase 3

Following reports of recent clusters indoor hospitality settings such as bars and restaurant, the First Minister has announced new legislation for local authorities to be given the power to act in respect of individual, specific premises that are breaching guidelines and risking transmission of the virus.

In addition, the Scottish Government intends to give the police new powers to break up and disperse large indoor gatherings.

Regulations will be laid next week with the intention they come into force on Friday 28 August.

In addition, Scotland will remain in Phase 3 of the route map out of lockdown because COVID-19 remains a significant threat to public health, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said.

In a statement to the Scottish Parliament the First Minister announced an earlier date for the re-opening of gyms, swimming pools and indoor sports courts, including dance studios. Subject to guidance, such facilities will now be able to re-open from 31 August rather than 14 September.

From 24 August organised outdoor contact sports, some outdoor live events, driving lessons, child contact centres, face-to-face advice services, bingo halls, amusement arcades and casinos, snooker and pool halls, indoor bowling and both static and travelling funfairs can re-open – subject to strict adherence to guidance and appropriate safety measures such as physical distancing.

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