West Lothian and Falkirk council areas move down a level in coronavirus restrictions

The West Lothian and Falkirk council areas moved a step closer to normality today when First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced they will both move down a level of the Scottish coronavirus restrictions.

Tuesday, 1st June 2021, 4:19 pm
Local people out enjoying the sun at Linlithgow Loch on Monday, with more people now able to meet outdoors locally from Saturday. Picture Michael Gillen.

Much of Scotland's central belt will stay in level two, including Edinburgh, as it faces high case numbers and test positivity rates. However, West Lothian and Falkirk will move down to level one from Saturday, June 5, meaning people can additionally meet socially in groups: of up to 8 people from 3 households in an indoor public place like a café, pub or restaurant; and of up to 12 people from 12 households outdoors in your garden or a public place.

With one of the previous level 2 thresholds in the Scottish Government’s coronavirus restrictions having been a case rate per 100,000 of lower than 50, West Lothian’s latest rate, for the seven day period to May 29, is 32.8. While Falkirk’s is 41.6.

Neighbouring Edinburgh has a case rate per 100,000 of 82.7.

Nicola Sturgeon told the Scottish Parliament this afternoon there are some parts of Scotland that are not currently meeting the critera for level one restrictions either in case numbers or test positivity. She announced that 13 local authority areas will remain in level two, with Glasgow joining them after moving down from level 3 on Saturday. The other areas are: Dundee, East Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, East Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, Clackmannanshire, Dundee and Stirling. All other mainland council areas will move to level one, with the islands going to level zero.