Angus Restrictions

Angus is at Protection Level (tier) 3

 

Find out more about the COVID protection levels and what you can and cannot do at each level.

 

Angus will move from Level 2 – where it has been since the new levels system was announced – to Level 3 with the change coming into effect from 6am on Friday 13 November.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:

The sacrifices everyone is making are hard – and they feel never-ending. But they are helping. They have made a difference, and they are saving lives. There is no doubt that the restrictions we have put in place have dramatically slowed the spread of the virus.

 

But hospital admissions are still too high. The number of new cases we are seeing – more than 1,000 a day on average – is also too high. And we cannot be sure that we are seeing a sustained fall in cases.

The First Minister again stressed the importance of travel restrictions in bringing down the infection rate of the virus. Those in Level 3 should not travel outside their local authority area unless travelling for essential reasons such as work, healthcare, or caring responsibilities.

She added that these will remain in guidance over the next week but preparation for regulations will continue in the event they are required to be put into law.

 

Assessment

The assessment of what level of protection should be applied to each local authority is broadly based on an analysis of five key indicators:

  • number of positive COVID-19 cases per hundred thousand people over the last week
  • percentage of positive tests
  • forecast for new cases in the weeks ahead
  • capacity of local hospitals
  • capacity of local intensive care facilities

These factors are assessed alongside the advice and recommendations of local public health officials, National Incident Management Team, the Scottish Government’s chief clinical and policy advisors, and consideration of local circumstances, such as: specific COVID-19 outbreaks; travel and work patterns; and the extent to which health services are provided by neighbouring health boards. Final decisions are based on all of these factors.
Alongside a table setting out the levels, a detailed analysis paper has also been published setting out the Scottish Government’s assessment and overall decision for each local authority.

The five-level strategic framework aims to tackle COVID-19 with measures strong enough to reduce virus prevalence while proportionate to the scale of the problem in different parts of the country – and in a way that minimises, as far as possible, the other harms caused by the pandemic.

Find out more about the COVID protection levels and what you can and cannot do at each level.