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Article published 19/01/2021

Current lockdown measures will stay in place across mainland Scotland and some island communities until at least the middle of February, the First Minister has confirmed .

In addition, Barra and Vatersay will move into lockdown from 00:01 on Wednesday following a sharp increase in infection rates. The rest of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will remain in level three.

Schools across Scotland will also continue to use remote learning until at least the middle of February except in the case of vulnerable children and those of key workers.

During an update to Parliament the First Minister said that although lockdown appears to be having an impact on case numbers, transmission of the virus remains too high to relax restrictions.

Nobody who lives in an area under lockdown should leave or remain outside their home except for an essential purpose like caring responsibilities, outdoor exercise and work that cannot be done from home.

These measures will be kept under consideration and Parliament will be updated following a review by the Cabinet on 2 February.

Recent tightening of restrictions

Businesses primarily concerned with the service of food and drink takeaways in level four areas can only offer the service on a no-indoor entry basis.

This means that customers are not permitted to enter the inside of a premises to collect their purchase and that goods will need to be dispensed in a manner that meets this requirement.

Take a look at who this applies to, what to do and questions and answers.