Fife in Tier 3: Tougher COVID restrictions will affect everyone

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Tougher new restrictions came into force in Fife from 6:00am on Friday.

With cases of COVID-19 rising, the region has been moved from Tier 2 to Tier 3, and that will impact on everyone who lives and works in the region.

The biggest impact will be on the struggling hospitality sector with pubs banned from selling alcohol, and facing a closing time of 6:00pm.

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As with Level 2, socialising is prohibited, barring some exceptions including caring for a vulnerable person.


Outdoor groups in public places are limited to six people from two households.

Drive-in events will no longer be permitted, and cinemas, arcades and bingo halls will also be shut..

Gyms are also impacted as indoor exercise will be limited to individual workouts.

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Fife Council and NHS Fife cited “a particularly sharp rise in the numbers of cases - and that there was clear evidence the virus is circulating in communities across the Kingdom.

Steve Grimmond, chief executive at Fife Council, said: “Although this is tough, it’s the right thing to do.

“Level three restrictions will not be easy to live with but it’s vital that we stick with this if we are to have hope of easing restrictions before Christmas.”

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Announcing the move, Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister said: "I know this will be disappointing to residents and businesses in these areas.

“However, by acting now, we can hopefully prevent an even more serious deterioration in the situation.

"I would ask people living in these areas to check the Scottish Government website to understand the restrictions in place at level 3.”

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