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RELAXATION OF RESTRICTIONS ACROSS SCOTLAND

Mon 17 May 21

The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, confirmed further relaxation of restrictions across Scotland from Monday 17 May, with the exception of Moray Speyside and Glasgow which will remain in level three for at least another week.

The seven-day rate of cases per 100,000 population in Glasgow is 80.4, while in Moray Speyside it has fallen to 68.9. The rates are above 50 cases per 100,000, a key benchmark for deciding the appropriate tier of restrictions.

People will be able to hug their loved ones and meet in private homes as most of mainland Scotland moves to level two and the islands (except Skye, Arran and Bute) to level one, with eased restrictions on hospitality, entertainment, education and sport.

Key changes include:

  • Mainland Scotland (excluding Moray Speyside and Glasgow which will remain in level three) will move to level two.

  • The Western Isles, Shetland, Orkney, all islands in Highland, except Skye (which will move to level two), and the Inner Hebrides islands in Argyll – including Islay, Jura and Mull – will move to level one.

  • You can meet socially in groups of up to:

    • Six people from three households in your home or theirs – and can stay overnight and includes self-catering accommodation.
    • Six people from three households in an indoor public place like a café, pub or restaurant (eight and three for the islands in level one).
    • Eight people from eight households outdoors (twelve and twelve for the islands in level one).
  • You can travel anywhere in Scotland in levels zero, one or two but must not enter a level three or four area unless for a permitted reason
  • You can travel to England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands - before you travel you must check the travel rules in those countries
  • Up to 50 people can attend weddings and funerals (100 for the islands in level one).

Read further details related to:

What does this mean for accommodation?

All holiday accommodation (hotels, B&Bs, self-catering, hostels caravan and camping sites) can open in line with sector guidance for tourism and hospitality.

A bedroom should be occupied by members of only one household (or extended household).

In self-catered or other unregulated (unstaffed) accommodation, in-house socialising rules apply. In level one and two, a maximum of six people from up to three households can socialise in a private dwelling. Children under the age of 12 from these households do not count towards the total number of people permitted to meet.

In public spaces within regulated (staffed) tourist accommodation, the rules about socialising in an indoors public place apply. In level two, a maximum of six people from up to three households (eight and three for the islands in level one) can socialise indoors in a public place. Children under the age of 12 from these households do not count towards the total number of people permitted to meet.

Given the transmission risks associated with different households sleeping in the same room, bedrooms should only be occupied by one household or extended household. This is the position in levels zero – three (closed in four). 

Read guidance for the tourism and hospitality sector.

Read level one guidance.

Read level two guidance.

 

What does this mean for hospitality?

Restaurants, cafés, pubs and bars can open indoors until 10.30pm with two-hour pre-booked slots (11pm with no slots for the islands in level one), and outdoors within local licensing conditions for the consumption of food and alcoholic drinks. 

Up to six people will be allowed to meet indoors – however they must come from a maximum of three separate households (eight and three for the islands in level one). Outdoors, the maximum number of people who can meet outdoors in a restaurant, café, pub or bar is eight which can be from up to eight separate households (12 and 12 for the islands in level one).

Children under the age of 12 do not count towards the total number of people who can meet but do count towards the maximum number of households permitted to meet.

Hotels and other accommodation providers can still serve food and alcohol to guests staying in their premises up to 10.30pm (11pm for the islands in level one). Room service, including alcohol, is allowed as normal.

The requirements on physical distancing for hospitality have not changed from those in place previously.

Venues must now take down contact details for all of their customers – rather than simply for the lead member of each household.

Takeaways can operate as normal. Face coverings and physical distancing rules must be followed.

The attendance limit at funerals and weddings – and related events such as receptions is up to 50 people (100 for the islands in level one).

Read guidance for the tourism and hospitality sector.

Read level one guidance.

Read level two guidance.

 

What does this mean for visitor attractions?

All indoor and outdoor visitor attractions such as museums, galleries, educational and heritage attractions, zoos and aquariums can open providing there are physical distancing and hygiene measures in place.

Visitors should check in advance for visiting arrangements such as pre-bookable time slots. Face coverings indoors are compulsory for all visitors and staff.

People should not meet socially at a visitor attraction in a group of more than six people from three separate households indoors or eight people from eight separate households outdoors (eight people from three separate households indoors or 12 people from 12 separate households outdoors for islands in level one).

Read guidance for the tourism and hospitality sector.

Read the museum, galleries and heritage sector guidance.

Read guidance for the retail sector.

Read level one guidance.

Read level two guidance.

 

What does this mean for events?

Outdoor seated and open space events are advised to operate with a maximum capacity of 500 people (1,000 for islands in level one).

Outdoor grouped standing events are advised to operate with a maximum capacity of 250 people (500 for islands in level one).

Small seated indoor events are advised to operate with a maximum of 100 people (200 for islands in level one).

Read the events sector guidance.

Read the calculating physical distancing capacity in public settings.

Read level one guidance.

Read level two guidance.

 

Tourism and hospitality guidance

Physical distancing | Social distancing rules for hospitality premises have not changed since the sector was allowed to reopen in 2020. The sector is allowed to operate at one metre instead of two metre as an acknowledgment that they are unviable as businesses if two metres is maintained.

Collecting customer and visitor contact details | The Scottish Government has updated the Test and Protect guidance, in advance of reopenings during spring 2021, to request the collection of the name and contact details for every visitor to premises, to create consistency across the range of settings where this is requested or mandated in Scotland, and at the same time ensure that relevant data is captured to assist the Test and Protect contact tracing service.

Travel restrictions | You can travel anywhere in Scotland in levels zero, one or two but must not enter a level three or four area unless for a permitted reason. You can travel to England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands – before you travel you must check the travel rules in those countries. A new traffic light system will be introduced for international travel – with a consistent approach across the four nations. Read the guidance on travel and transport.

 

Further information

Read the Scottish Government news release with First Minister statement.

The Scottish Government Coronavirus (COVID-19) protection levels: what you can do.

The Scottish Government issued supplementary questions and answers to provide further clarification to tourism and hospitality businesses. 

Read more on Scottish Government updates, with useful links to content such as guidance and FAQs, travel and quarantine rules, test and protect and COVID-19 resources.

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