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Shops will reintroduce crowding measures

New restrictions have been announced that will see a return to home working and new limits on shops and hospitality venues.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced that working from home will again become a legal requirement on employers.

Shops will see a return to physical barriers, such as those designed to avoid crowding and bottlenecks.

For hospitality businesses, there will be measures to avoid crowding at bars and between tables.

Guidance will be issued for different sectors later this week, Ms Sturgeon told MSPs. It is understood the changes will affect the hospitality sector from Friday.

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`Ms Sturgeon said she was “not cancelling Christmas” but asked everyone to reduce to a minimum the number of contacts they have with other households.

“If you do plan on socialising – either at home or in indoor public places – we are asking that you limit the number of households represented in your group to a maximum of three,” she said.

She said this limit does not apply to people’s main Christmas celebration.

Ms Sturgeon said new guidance will also make clear employers will need to enable staff “who were working from home at the start of the pandemic to do so again is now a legal duty”.

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