Scotland lockdown: When does lockdown start in Scotland?

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Scotland will be placed in lockdown for January with a legal requirement to stay at home, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced at the Scottish Parliament. Nicola Sturgeon addressed the Scottish Parliament today saying the vaccine rollout needs to speed up in order to keep up with the level of new cases being reported in Scotland. The First Minister said she was more concerned now about the pandemic than any time previously, citing dire figures for Scotland.

When does lockdown start in Scotland?

A new lockdown will begin in Scotland at midnight tonight, January 4.

A stay at home order will come into effect. 

The lockdown will last until the end of January.

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The First Minister told MSPs: “It is no exaggeration to say that I am more concerned about the situation we face now than I have been at any time since March last year.

“The advice of our clinical advisers is clear that the increased transmissibility of the new variant means that the current Level 4 measures may not be sufficient to bring the R number back below one.

“It is essential that we further limit interaction between different households to stem the spread and bring the situation back under control, while we vaccinate more people.

“In short, we must return for a period to a situation much closer to the lockdown of last March.”


She continued: “I can confirm now, in summary, that we decided to introduce from tomorrow, for the duration of January, a legal requirement to stay at home except for essential purposes.

“This is similar to the lockdown of March last year.”

Restrictions on households mixing and school closures make up the bulk of the changes for those living in Scotland.

Schools are now closed for the rest of January, with a review on January 18, and students will be educated via remote learning.

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The rule of six for meeting outdoors has now been scrapped – with two people from two households now allowed to meet.

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