COVID-19 RECOVERY PHASES IN SCOTLAND

Thu 28 May 20

Though we haven't been able to explore our beautiful country for the last few months, nothing has been able to stop us from dreaming about the trips we want to take someday soon! With more information now available on what will open and at what stage, planning a trip within Scotland has moved a step closer.

We've got all the information you need on what each phase looks like and at what stage you'll be able to take a local trip or explore further.

Last updated: 28 May 2020

Remember:

  • You must stay 2 metres away from anyone outside of your household at all times.
  • Timings of each phase are not confirmed - details will continue to be given daily by the Scottish Government at their briefings.
  • Some measures within a phase may be introduced at different times.
  • The measures of previous phases continue to apply, unless said differently.
  • If cases begin to rise again, restrictions may need to be reintroduced, and we may need to go backwards through the phases.
  • This route map is a dynamic, living plan so could change on a week to week basis as advice and evidence becomes available.

 

PHASE 1 - STARTING FROM FRIDAY 29 MAY 2020

Remember for this phase:

  • Maintain physical distancing at all times, indoors and outdoors.
  • Travel by walk, wheel and cycle where possible.
  • If you go somewhere outdoors and it is too crowded to remain at a distance of 2 metres, please consider leaving and finding somewhere else to go.

You can:

  • Use public outdoor spaces for recreational purposes such as sitting to enjoy the sun.
  • Meet up with one other household outdoors at a time, with no more than a maximum of 8 people in a group, and no more than one household per day. Don't share food & drink, but bring your own for your household if enjoying a picnic or a barbecue.
  • Travel short distances (around 5 miles) for enjoying the outdoors and exercise.
  • Visit drive through food outlets.
  • Visit garden centres and plant nurseries.
  • Enjoy unlimited outdoor exercise.
  • Get back to angling, archery, athletics including running and jogging, croquet, cycling, horse riding, golf, lawn bowls, outdoor tennis, walking and watersports.

 

PHASE 2

Remember for this phase:

  • Maintain physical distancing at all times, indoors and outdoors.
  • Avoid travelling at peak times as far as possible.
  • There may be differences from area to area in transport recommendations depending on circumstances - for example, access to Scotland's islands for visitors.

You can:

  • Meet up with larger groups of friends and family outdoors.
  • Meet with one other household at a time indoors.
  • Travel locally for enjoying the outdoors and exercise.
  • Use limited services of public transport - but there will be very limited capacity.
  • Visit small retail shops.
  • Visit outdoor markets in limited numbers.
  • Enjoy refreshments in the outdoor space of a pub or restaurant.
  • Take the kids to a playground.
  • Enjoy a game of sport on a court.
  • Take part in professional sport.
  • Hold a wedding or civil ceremony with a limited number of attendees.

 

PHASE 3

Remember for this phase:

  • Maintain physical distancing at all times, indoors and outdoors.
  • Travelling at peak times is discouraged as far as possible.
  • There may be differences from area to area in arrangements depending on circumstances - for example, access to Scotland's islands for visitors.

You can:

  • Meet up with people from more than one household indoors.
  • Travel beyond your local area for enjoying the outdoors, day trips and exercise.
  • Use full services of public transport - but there will be limited capacity.
  • Visit larger retail shops.
  • Enjoy refreshments in pubs and restaurants both indoors and outdoors.
  • Visit museums, galleries, cinema and libraries.
  • Work out at the gym.
  • Possibly stay overnight at hotels, B&Bs and holiday homes.*
  • Attend live events in limited numbers.
  • Hold a wedding or civil ceremony with attendees outside of close family.
  • Visit a place of worship.

*To be confirmed.

 

PHASE 4

The final phase will only be introduced when the virus has ceased to be a significant issue - this might be because of an effective vaccine, treatment or significant drop in transmission.

You can:

  • Enjoy gatherings with others with relaxed restrictions.
  • Use full services of public transport.
  • Go shopping or out for refreshments without restriction.
  • Enjoy more live events with relaxed restrictions.
  • Hold a wedding or civil ceremony without restrictions.

Remember:

  • Consider still supporting your local community by shopping local.

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