Scotland is currently governing itself separately from England when it comes to COVID regulations. The government have split the regulations across two levels, Level 3 (some islands), and Level 4 (mainland Scotland and a few islands). For those under Level 4, which is the majority of the Scottish population, the COVID regulations are as follows.
Currently, those residing in Scotland are not permitted to leave Scotland. Likewise, people from other countries – including those elsewhere in the UK – are not currently permitted to enter Scotland (without reasonable excuse). People within Scotland can travel, but the government are urging people to stay local, and travel between levels is not recommended.
People in Scotland are currently allowed to meet up to 4 people from 2 households outside. This does not include children under 12, due to their nature as less likely to pass on the virus. Teenagers aged 12 to 17 are allowed to meet up with up to 4 people from any number of households.
People are not permitted to meet indoors, in private housing or elsewhere. Despite Level 4 allowing hairdressers to be open with appointments, people are not allowed to go to these together.
People can only enter your home for informal childcare when completely necessary if they’re in your support bubble, performing necessary work in your home.
In Scotland at the moment, funerals are permitted to have up to 20 mourners. Weddings and other ceremonies are allowed up to 5.
Retail and hospitality
Scotland is currently keeping all non-essential retail closed, including beauty therapies, cafes, restaurants, and all hospitality. These are being assessed regularly and will be opened up by the first minister when data suggests it is safe. Currently, places which are shut are available for click and collect or takeaway.
From the 5th of April, shops which are open include garden centres (indoor and outdoor), key cutting shops, mobility equipment shops, baby equipment shops, electrical repair shops, hairdressers and barbers (with shopfronts – not mobile services), by appointment only, homeware shops and vehicle showrooms.
From the 12th of April, all learners are able to return to schools full time. Between the 5th and 26th of April, Universities have limited flexibility on staff and students able to study in person. Following the 26th of April, universities must follow the guidance of their local governments.
All being well, and the data showing that it is safe, Scotland will hopefully move to the next phase on the 26th April. This will mean:
- Extending outdoor socialising to permit up to 6 people from up to 3 households to gather
- Allowing 12-17-year-olds to meet outdoors in groups of 6 from up to 6 households
- Travel within all of mainland Scotland permitted (subject to other restrictions that remain in place)
- Remaining shops can reopen and mobile close contact services can resume
- Gyms and swimming pools can reopen for individual exercise
- Tourist accommodation to reopen (self-catering accommodation to be restricted in line with rules on indoor gathering)
- Work in people’s homes to resume
- Non-essential childcare permitted
- Driving lessons and tests to resume
- Weddings and funerals for up to 50 (including wakes and receptions with no alcohol permitted)
- Libraries, museums, galleries re-open
- Outdoor hospitality to open till 10 pm with alcohol permitted. Indoor hospitality permitted without alcohol and closing at 8 pm
- Social mixing in indoor public places will be subject to the current maximum of 4 people from up to 2 households
Until then, the Scottish government are encouraging people to stay local and keep their efforts up until the pandemic is done. This includes making an effort to keep face coverings on in public spaces and to ensure social distancing is followed closely.