Covid: Shoppers sit at home in deserted Tier 4 streets on Boxing Day

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With Level 4 constraints in place from Boxing Day for the whole of mainland Scotland, all non-essential businesses were forced to close.

That means that today the usually busy streets of the largest cities in Scotland are eerily quiet as shoppers remain at home.

In order to tackle the advent of a new, faster-spreading version of Covid-19, the switch to Level 4 means that non-essential shops have had to close, while bars, cafes and restaurants can now sell take-away services.

It comes as the latest daily figures revealed that in Scotland 1,149 new cases of Covid-19 were reported – 8.2% of all new tests conducted.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, meanwhile, advised individuals to stay as much as possible at home or close to home.

She tweeted, “Level 4 restrictions are now in place across mainland Scotland. Please stay at home/locally as much as possible to prevent this new, faster spreading strain of the virus from getting out of control.”

In Edinburgh, the main shopping streets, including Princes Street, George Street and the Royal Mile, are unusually quiet today, Boxing Day, although the streets are usually packed with shoppers looking for a bargain.

Princes Lane, Edinburgh, Scotland, where restrictions for Covid 19 have been increased in response to a new strain of virus for three weeks from today.

Primark, in Edinburgh’s Princes Street.

Closed shops along Victoria Street in Edinburgh, Scotland, where, in reaction to a new strain of the virus, Covid-19 restrictions have been expanded for three weeks from today.

Police patrol the city center of Edinburgh, where Covid-19 restrictions have been expanded due to a new strain of the virus for three weeks from today.

The Dome on George Lane, Edinburgh in Scotland, where, in response to a new strain of the virus, Covid-19 restrictions were increased for three weeks from today.

Royal Mile, Edinburgh in Scotland, where Covid-19 restrictions have been extended for three weeks from today in response to a new strain of the virus.

Closed stores along Princes Lane, Edinburgh in Scotland, where, in reaction to a new strain of the virus, Covid-19 restrictions were extended for three weeks from today. Mainland Scotland is now at Level 4 – the most stringent level – and the islands have moved to Level 3.

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