Surge in Covid-19 cases - Scotland's pubs not to sell booze indoors for 16 days.

SCOTLAND'S pubs will be barred from serving alcohol indoors for 16 days from Friday - as Nicola Sturgeon warned a fresh coronavirus peak could be reached by the end of the month.

The Scottish First Minister today outlined tough new booze bans to curb the rise in infections - as the UK-wide infection rate for coronavirus doubled in a week.

It comes as Scotland has recorded more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours for the first time.

All pubs and bars will be ordered to stop serving alcohol inside between 6pm on October 9 to Sunday, October 25 as part of a "brake to the virus" - and places inside Scotland's so-called 'central belt' will be ordered to shut their doors completely.

People in the non-central belt area will still be able to drink outside up until 10pm, however.

But places without an alcohol licensee, and holiday accommodation will remain open, and "financial compensation" will be offered to places which must close.

It comes as Boris Johnson is under pressure to implement a similar "circuit-breaker" style temporary lockdown in the North of England as cases in cities there continued to soar.

Ms Sturgeon told the nation today that Scotland is likely to return to the peak of the coronavirus as seen in the spring, by the end of the month if no action is taken.

Scotland is four weeks behind France and six weeks behind Spain, she said, urging people to "please stick with it" on rules.

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Scotland’s pubs barred from selling booze indoors for 16 days as Sturgeon warns cases could return to March levels

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