Scotland's First Minister is set to announce new coronavirus measures for the country, although she has assured the public that this will not amount to another complete lockdown.
Nicola Sturgeon will set further restrictions on the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday afternoon after receiving "very strong" advice on public health in favor of new measures.
"The situation is not out of control, but it is a cause of increasing concern," she said, explaining that infections are starting to spread from younger to older people.
The current situation is "the most difficult decision we have had so far," said Sturgeon, although she has ruled out the closure of schools or the imposition of restrictions on travel across Scotland.
Although residents of Scotland are currently banned from indoor household mixing, Sturgeon said that it will not be extended to people who are forced to stay at home at all times – although some stricter measures may be needed in the "hotspot" areas of the country.
Emma McClarkin of the Scottish Beer and Pub Association said: "If the Scottish Government is to implement further tough restrictive measures for our sector, it must include a dedicated support package alongside it.
"Without that, the Scottish Government will leave our pubs and thousands of jobs doomed to failure."
Professor Hugh Pennington, emeritus professor of bacteriology at the University of Aberdeen, warned against "further freedom-restrictive measures" that hurt the economy, advocating a more "targeted approach."
"At the moment, we do not need to introduce any more rules that will hammer out the hospitality sector or the economy at large. There needs to be a sharp focus on making the current systems run smoothly and efficiently," he wrote in The Sun.
"We need to hold our nerve instead of hitting the panic button."