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Takeaways in Scotland banned from taking orders inside

Fish and chip shops in Scotland must close their doors to walk-in customers and operate from a hatch or doorway instead.

First minister Nicola Sturgeon made the announcement this afternoon in a bid to tighten covid restrictions and reduce the spread of the disease.

The new rules, which ban customers from entering a premises to pick up food, will come into force on Saturday.

Fish and chip shops can continue offering a click and collect service, which must also be from a hatch or doorway.

The changes are among six new rules which include a ban on the consumption of alcohol outdoors in all level four areas.

The first minister said today's measures are a "regrettable but necessary means to an end” and asked the public to "stick to the spirit and not just the letter of these rules."

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