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Scotland new Covid restrictions come into force on Monday as England prepares for another national lockdown.

The regional system has five levels but each of the country’s 32 local authorities has initially been graded between levels 1 and 3. People under level 3 restrictions have been told to make only essential journeys outside their council area.The launch comes amid ongoing calls for clarity from the Treasury over the extension to the furlough scheme. Scotland

 

To prevent any confusion around the local levels a postcode tracker has been launched so people can check the regulations – which take effect from 06:00.Ms Sturgeon said the new system would allow a quick and flexible response, especially in areas where the virus was spreading.

 

She added: “It’s crucial that everyone knows what level their local authority is in and that they stick to the rules in their area. “The postcode tracker will be a vital tool in helping to ensure this happens.” Ms Sturgeon said that while prevalence of the virus was lower in Scotland than in other parts of the UK there could be no room for complacency.

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She warned: “No one wants to see tighter restrictions but people can be reassured that, if we need to put in place the protections that come with higher levels, we will not hesitate to do so.”I also urge everyone to follow two key national restrictions by not mixing with other households inside our homes, and not travelling to or from any part of the country in level 3 unless it is absolutely essential.”Senior school pupils in level 3 areas will also now be required to wear face coverings in class, not just in communal areas.Latest figures on Sunday revealed there were 1,148 new Covid cases.