Glasgow and Moray Speyside will remain in level three from today (Monday 17 May) and travel to and from these areas will be prohibited other than for permitted purposes, due to a high rate of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases.
Cases in both Moray Speyside and in Glasgow have remained high with the most recent data up to 11 May showing the weekly case rate in Moray was 69 cases per 100,000 people and in Glasgow was 80 per 100,000. This compares to 30 cases per 100,000 across the whole of Scotland.
The Scottish Government will review the position in a week and continue to work closely with Glasgow City and Moray Councils and the local Health Boards to reduce case numbers with measures including enhanced testing and vaccination, and provide targeted support for businesses which have to remain closed or continue to operate under level three restrictions.
Universal testing is now available Scotland-wide. Everyone in Moray Speyside and Glasgow is encouraged to get tested to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by finding cases that might be missed, as around one in three people with COVID-19 don’t have symptoms. Testing is free and results are available in around 30 minutes.
All other council areas have moved out of level three as planned, with most of mainland Scotland moving to level two and some island communities moving straight to level one, and changes to restrictions around international travel will go ahead as outlined on Tuesday.
Additional support will be provided for businesses specifically impacted by the localised restrictions. Moray and Glasgow City Councils will receive an extra £375,000 and £1.05 million per week respectively, to allow businesses in hospitality and leisure to be given up to £750 per week.