The restrictions of the new five-tiered approach to lockdown have been confirmed and local authorities have been placed into tiers.

The First Minister spoke in Holyrood on Wednesday afternoon setting out the system which will be applied across West Dunbartonshire from Monday, November 2.   

West Dunbartonshire, as expected, has been put into Tier 3 - the second-highest tier - along with the rest of the central belt.

Nicola Sturgeon said that the ambition was to get the whole country to level one or zero.

However, she said areas currently under the highest restrictions, like West Dunbartonshire, would be in level three when they come into force.

On Tuesday, MSPs debated the plans for three hours.

Ms Sturgeon is expected to outline finer details over later this week.

For level three, there will remain a range of restrictions across sectors.

The rules are as follows:


The rules are no in-home socialising and a maximum of 6 people from 2 households outdoors and in public places like hospitality venues.

For hospitality premises, the sale of alcohol will be banned. But all premises can open for food and non-alcoholic drinks.

Cafes, restaurants and bars can all open until 6pm under the new restrictions.

Takeaways will be permitted for alcohol and food as they are now.


There should be no non-essential travel into or out of the level 3 area with exemptions for essential travel for work, education, shopping health etc; outdoor exercise; weddings and funerals; and transit through restricted areas


People should avoid car sharing with people outside extended household wherever possible.

The government says people should avoid the non-essential use of public transport.

Face coverings remain compulsory when using all forms of public transport - except for young children and for adults who are medically exempt.

Close contact services (e.g. hairdressers, barbers, tailors and beauticians)

  • open, but may be subject to additional protective measures
  • mobile close contact services not permitted

Public buildings – e.g. libraries

  • open

Stadia and events

  • not permitted / closed to spectators


  • open – restricted numbers (50)

Life events (weddings, and civil partnerships, funerals) ceremonies and receptions/wakes

  • weddings/civil partnerships – 20 person limit
  • funerals – 20 person limit
  • wakes and receptions permitted, subject to 20 person limit

Early learning and childcare (ELC)(formal childcare)

  • open – with enhanced protective measures in place
  • Informal childcare
  • permitted in line with household/numbers restrictions, children only may enter other households


  • open – with enhanced protective measures in place


  • restricted blended


  • restricted blended

Driving lessons

  • permitted

Sports and exercise

  • indoor: individual exercise only (exemption for under 18s)
  • outdoor – all except adult (18+) contact sports (professional permitted)

Leisure and entertainment

  • closed

Visitor attractions

  • all open or outdoor only open, depending on circumstances

Public services (health following NHS remobilisation plan)

  • essential face-to-face services only (online where possible)
  • Unregulated children's activities (incl. youth clubs, children's groups)
  • differentiated restrictions apply

Support services (mental health, counselling, day services, respite care)

  • permitted/online where possible.

Offices and call centres

  • essential only/working from home 

Other workplaces

  • open – working from home default where possible