Guidance in Scotland

This page has information on how Scotland is dealing with the coronavirus.
This information was current at the time this page was last updated on: 5 January 2021, 5.12pm

Stay at Home 

The Scottish Government has announced that there will be an extension to Protection Level 4 across mainland Scotland. This will come into force on Tuesday 5 January 2020.

It will only be legal to leave home in certain circumstances, including:

  • To exercise
  • To work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home)
  • Essential food shopping
  • To meet with a maximum of 2 people from 2 households for outdoor exercise (those 11 and under do not count towards this limit)

Those shielding should not go to work. The Chief Medical Officer for Scotland will be issue a medical note.

Scottish Protection Levels

There are different rules in different places of Scotland to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

You can learn more about Protection Levels below or check which level you are in with your postcode here.

Protection Level 0

More information: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-protection-levels/pages/protection-level-0/

You can check which Protection Level you are in with the postcode checker.

Protection Level 1

More information: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-protection-levels/pages/protection-level-1/

You can check which Protection Level you are in with the postcode checker.

Protection Level 2

More information: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-protection-levels/pages/protection-level-2/

You can check which Protection Level you are in with the postcode checker.

Protection Level 3

More information: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-protection-levels/pages/protection-level-3/

You can check which Protection Level you are in with the postcode checker.

Protection Level 4

In this level you must stay at home as much as possible. By law, in a level 4 area, you can only leave your home (or garden) for an essential purpose.

More information: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/

You can check which Protection Level you are in with the postcode checker.

FACTS

The Scottish Government has created ‘FACTS’ to help you remember what to do to keep you and other people safe from the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

FACTS

Face coverings.
Avoid crowded places.
Clean hands regularly.
Two metre distance.
Self-isolate and book a test if you have symptoms.

The Scottish Government has created some accessible documents to help you remember the FACTS: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-facts-poster-including-translations-and-accessible-formats/

 


Physical distancing

To stay safe and protect others we must stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) from one person to another.

This means keeping a 2-metre distance from others when in public places and indoors.

Where it is difficult to keep a 2-metre social distance, you should wear a face covering.

More information: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-phase-3-staying-safe-and-protecting-others/pages/staying-safe/

 


Face coverings

A face covering is a covering of any type, except a face shield, that covers the mouth and nose.

Every time you apply or remove a covering, it is important that you wash or sanitise your hands first and avoid touching your face.

Face coverings are mandatory in indoor places such as shops, cinemas, museums and community centres. They are also required on public transport, including trains, planes, trams, buses and ferries.

You must also wear a face covering indoors in communal areas in workplaces; for example, in passageways, stairs, lifts, staff rooms, training rooms, changing rooms and entrances.

Find out more about where you must wear a face covering in Scotland: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-phase-3-staying-safe-and-protecting-others/pages/face-coverings/

Some people are exempt from wearing a face covering. You can request an exemption card at: http://exempt.scot/

The list of exemptions can be found at: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-phase-3-staying-safe-and-protecting-others/pages/face-coverings/#exemptions

You may remove a face covering when eating or drinking.

A police officer may issue a fine of up to £60 if you break the rules, which can increase to £120 for repeat offences.

More information: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-phase-3-staying-safe-and-protecting-others/pages/face-coverings/

 

 


Extended households

People who live in different places can form an “extended household” in some circumstances.

 

If you live alone

If you are an adult and you live alone, or if all the others in your household are under 18, you, any children who live with you, and the members of one other household (of any size) can agree to form an ‘extended household’.

Everyone in the extended household will be treated as if they live in one household – meaning they can spend time together inside each other’s homes and do not need to stay at least 2 metres apart.

If anyone in the household gets symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) everyone will need to self-isolate and wait for the person with symptoms to be tested.

If the person with symptoms tests positive, all members of their direct household must isolate for 14 days from the start of symptoms.

 

Couples who do not live together

If two adults are in a relationship and they do not live together they, and any children they each live with, can agree to form an ‘extended household’.

 

Shared parenting

Where parents do not live in the same household, children can be moved between their parents’ homes.

For further information about extended households, visit: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-phase-3-staying-safe-and-protecting-others/pages/seeing-friends-and-family/#Extended%20households 

 


Travel and holidays

Travelling around Scotland

You can travel anywhere within Scotland, unless there are local restrictions in place advising you not to do so.

Everyone using public transport in Scotland must wear a face covering. Some people do not have to wear a face covering including for age, health, or disability reasons.

Travelling abroad

If you are planning to travel abroad, make sure you understand the following:

Also read the following guidance:

Check specific plans with the airline, ferry, train operator and accommodation provider. During the coronavirus pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

The transport provider may put measures in place to help people follow the public health guidance of the destination country.

Foreign travel checklist: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/foreign-travel-checklist

What it covers:

  • Things to check and make sure are in place before you go
  • Entry requirements, Visas and passports
  • Insurance
  • Health
  • Things to think about when you are abroad

Quarantining after returning to Scotland from abroad

You may have to quarantine for 10 days after returning to Scotland from abroad. Do not assume that the rules applying in your destination when you book a holiday will stay the same when you are there or be the same when you travel home.

Follow the Scottish Government guidance for travelling abroad: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-public-health-checks-at-borders/

The list of countries which you do not need to quarantine on return to Scotland can be found here: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-public-health-checks-at-borders/pages/exemptions/

 

Car sharing

You should only car share with members of your own, or extended, household.

If you are staff member at Thera, you can find more information on travelling on the further guidance for staff page.