The Prime Minister will announce if East Renfrewshire will move up a level, just four days after moving to Level 2, meaning licensed establishments would again be barred from serving alcohol indoors and cuddles with forbidden loved ones.
Theaters would have to close again and people couldn’t legally visit another household inside, except for one essential reason.
An increase in cases in the region continued yesterday, with a Covid rate dropping from 101.5 cases per 100,000 people to 118.3. This is more than double the benchmark of 50 cases that Ms. Sturgeon adopted for Level 2.
It also seems unlikely that the Prime Minister will allow Glasgow to upgrade to Level 2 next week, although its Covid rate has started to level off, dropping from just 109.9 cases per 100,000 to 112.1 .
Moray, the only other area on the continent currently at Level 3, appears to have brought its outbreak under control, with its case rate dropping sharply to 36.5.
Covid rates in Midlothian (50.8), another area that looked earlier this week at risk of returning to level 3, have fallen but have increased in Clackmannanshire to 56.3 and East Dunbartonshire to 56, 1.
This means that there are now five local authority areas with case totals above Ms. Sturgeon’s threshold to be at level 2, but four of them are currently at that level and only one is at level 3.