Pubs, restaurants and licensed cafes in most parts of Scotland have been banned from selling alcohol indoors for more than two weeks.
Nicola Sturgeon has announced that it will contain Covid-19.
Five areas of the Scottish Health Department are affected by the new regulations – including Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire & Arran, Lothian and Forth Valley.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said indoor hospitality venues can only be open between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily and can only sell food and soft drinks.
Bars, restaurants and outdoor cafes are allowed to stay open until 10 p.m. and sell alcohol until then.
The restrictions will go into effect on Friday at 6:00 p.m. and are expected to end after October 25th.
However, all licensed premises in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Arran, Lothian and Forth Valley areas are closed to both indoor and outdoor use.
Cafes without a license to sell alcohol are allowed to remain open until 6 p.m., the Prime Minister said to counteract social isolation.
Nicola Sturgeon said, “Let me be clear. We will not go into lockdown again today.
“We are not closing schools, colleges or universities.
“We’re not stopping the remobilization of the NHS for non-covid care. And we don’t ask people to stay home.
“The actions I am announcing today will feel like a step backwards, but they are in the interests of protecting our progress as a whole.
“By taking the tough but necessary measures now, we hope to avoid even tougher measures in the future.”