THE restrictions for Helensburgh and Lomond under the new five-tiered approach to tackling Covid-19 across Scotland have been confirmed.

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

It's now been confirmed that Helensburgh and Lomond, along with the rest of Argyll and Bute, has been put into Tier 2 - the third-lowest tier - along with the majority of council areas outside the central belt.

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

Yesterday, MSPs debated the plans for three hours.

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

For Tier 2, there remain a range of restrictions across sectors.

The rules are as follows:

Socialising (different rules apply for children, further guidance will be issued shortly)

  • no in-home socialising
  • 6/2 outdoors and in public places, e.g. hospitality settings i.e. max six people from two separate households

Hospitality (food and drink)

Hospitality (alcohol on sale outdoors)

  • permitted – time restrictions may apply

Hospitality (alcohol on sale indoors)

  • permitted with main meal – time restrictions may apply

Hospitality (food for consumption on premises)

  • permitted – time restrictions may apply


  • takeaways permitted for alcohol and food as per existing arrangements

Accommodation (hotels, B&Bs, self-catering, caravan and camp sites)

  • open – socialising and hospitality rules apply


  • no non-essential travel to/from level 3 or higher areas in Scotland and equivalents in rest of UK
  • exemptions for essential travel for work, education, shopping health etc; outdoor exercise; weddings and funerals; and transit through restricted areas
  • international quarantine regulations apply
  • otherwise unrestricted


  • active travel (walk, run, cycle, wheel) where possible
  • avoid car sharing with people outside extended household wherever possible
  • face coverings compulsory on public transport


  • open with social distancing and face covering rules in place

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

  • open
  • mobile close contact services not permitted

Public buildings – e.g. libraries

  • open (with protective measures in place)

Stadia and events

  • events not permitted/closed
  • drive-in events permitted
  • stadia 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, only children may enter other households


  • open – with enhanced protective measures in place

Colleges and universities

  • blended approach

Driving lessons

  • permitted

Sports and exercise

  • all permitted except 18+ indoor contact sports (professional permitted)

Leisure and entertainment

  • open: cinemas, amusement arcades open
  • closed: soft play, funfairs, indoor bowling, theatres, snooker/pool halls, music venues, casinos, bingo halls, nightclubs and adult entertainment

Visitor attractions

  • open

Public services (health following NHS remobilisation plan)

  • open but reduced face-to-face services

Unregulated children's activities (incl. youth clubs, children's groups)

  • differentiated restrictions apply

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

  • permitted

Offices and call centres

  • essential only/working from home

Other workplaces

  • open – working from home default where possible