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Scotland’s pubs banned from serving alcohol inside for 16 days

Licensed premises across central belt to close completely as coronavirus cases rise

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Nicola Sturgeon has announced a nationwide ban on drinking indoors in licensed premises in Scotland for more than two weeks, with a full shutdown of all premises across the central belt where infection rates are accelerating most rapidly.

Announcing the targeted measures to the Scottish parliament as she confirmed a further 1,054 people had tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, Sturgeon said they were intended to be a “short, sharp action to arrest a worrying increase in infection” and which she hoped would help to keep schools and businesses open over the winter.

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