Perth and Kinross moved to Level 3 of Strategic Framework
Perth & Kinross Council Chief Executive Karen Reid acknowledged the area's move up to Level 3 from Friday, saying: "We are all disappointed to learn that the Perth & Kinross Council area has been moved into Level 3 in the Strategic Framework
"This is something we had all hoped to avoid, as we know it will have a major impact on the lives of so many people, both during the restrictions and in the aftermath as we work to build back stronger. We will continue to support people experiencing hardship because of COVID-19 in every way we can.
"With our detailed local knowledge, we are confident that COVID-19 cases in Perth and Kinross are largely confined to specific incidents. We will continue to work with our local public health team to examine the available data about how and where COVID-19 is spreading, to help inform future decisions.
"It remains more important than ever that everyone across Perth and Kinross adheres to the current restrictions: to do so is the only way we will be able to bring Perth and Kinross back down to a lower level and for all of us to live our lives well. Please play your part - use face coverings; wash hands; physically distance and stay home if you are feeling unwell."
Level 3 restrictions come into force on Friday and include:
Only meet in groups of up to six people from two households. This must be outside or in a café or restaurant, not in your home.
Only travel to other local authority areas for essential work, education, shopping or health reasons.
Wear a face covering on public transport, in shops, and in cafes or restaurants unless you are eating or drinking.
Cafes, pubs and restaurants can open until 6pm, but alcohol cannot be consumed on the premises. You must be seated at a table while eating and drinking. Takeaway alcohol and food sales can continue.
Schools and shops will remain open, but please follow signage and instructions from staff regarding any precautions such as hand sanitising and face coverings.
Pupils in the senior phase (S4-S6) and their teachers should wear face coverings in classrooms, as well as when they are moving around the school and in communal areas (some limited exemptions apply).
We would ask pupils in S1-S3 to also consider wearing face coverings in classrooms.
We are sharing more information on restrictions, including travel between areas, on Tayside Cares. This will be updated as we learn more about how the levels will affect our area. You can also find information on Perth & Kinross Council services affected by COVID-19 on www.pkc.gov.uk/coronavirus