More than two million people are to be placed under Scotland’s toughest Covid lockdown restrictions from Friday.
The move will see level four rules imposed in 11 council areas across western and central Scotland, including Glasgow.
It will mean non-essential shops, pubs, restaurants and gyms will have to close, although schools will still be open.
The level four restrictions will remain in place until 11 December.
They will be imposed in East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow, Renfrewshire and West Dunbartonshire.
North and South Lanarkshire, East and South Ayrshire, Stirling and West Lothian will also move to level four – with about 2.3 million people affected across the 11 local authority areas.
The Scottish Government is very clear on driving lessons and tests in level 4:
Driving lessons, including motorcycle lessons, must not be held unless all occupants of the vehicle or vehicles are from the same household.
Driving instructors must not travel outside their local authority area to provide lessons.
Full details here.
But some better news from Kate Forbes, Scotland’s Finance Minister who tweeted: Today’s tough decisions on levels includes additional financial support for business:a £30m discretionary fund to be distributed by local authorities, £15m for a second tranche of the newly self-employed scheme and £5m to enable local authorities to administer funds quickly.
The fund for struggling ADIs is currently standing at £7,000! 24 hours ago there was just under £300. Thank you all for your donations and for sharing the details with other ADIs.
Nick Moger of Marmalade says:
“Marmalade is thrilled that this extremely worthy cause is gaining so much traction. In fact, we are so excited by the generous response of ADIs so far, we have decided to increase our original £2,500 donation. Once the fund reaches £12,500, Marmalade will add a further £7,500 bringing the total sum donated to £10,000. We sincerely hope this will go some way to making a difference to the lives of those driving instructors who have sadly ‘fallen through the net’ in terms of Government assistance during the Coronavirus epidemic”.
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