The majority of Scotland is now under a temporary lockdown, though some island communities are under level 3 restrictions. That means everyone is being asked to stay at home except for essential purposes.
If you’re thinking about taking a day trip or overnight stay in the future, please plan ahead carefully with 'Good to Go', to see who has carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment. Please remember to plan and book ahead - many businesses including attractions can't accept walk-ins anymore due to capacity restrictions and other safety measures.
We've got all the information you need on what you need to know - physical distancing guidelines and face coverings, what's open, and other questions you might have on safety measures to keep you safe from Covid-19 on your Scottish trip.
Last updated: 23 February 2021
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What everyone needs to know
- The majority of Scotland is now under a temporary lockdown, though some island communities are under level 3 restrictions. You can read more about these exceptions on the Scottish Government website.
- The Outer Hebrides have moved from level 3 to a temporary lockdown as per the majority of Scotland from Saturday 30 January.
- No-one should travel outside their own council area, except for certain essential purposes.
EASING OF LOCKDOWN
The Scottish Government has outlined an indicative plan for the easing of the current lockdown restrictions on 23 February.
Expected March 15
- Non-contact outdoor sport for 12-17 year old can resume
- Outdoor contact restricted to 4 people from 2 households
Expected April 5
- Stay at home restriction is lifted
- Outdoor contact restricted to 6 people from 2 households
- Further re-opening of retail as the current definition is expanded on essential purposes
Expected April 26
- Lockdown ends and the country moves back to a level-system with each area moving down to level 3, with some limits for specific areas
- You can book your household onto organised activities - outdoor activities, tours, coaches - alongside other unconnected households, as these operators are still allowed to take larger numbers where capacity allows. You should keep to your own household within the activity, follow 2 m physical distancing (1 m for organised day boat trips) and wear your mask on coaches, tours and boat trips.
- You can only stay in self-catered accommodation (including caravans, flats and holiday cottages) with your own household while restrictions on indoor private gatherings are in place.
- If you are planning a stay in a hotel, B&B or similar, you should book at least one room per household.
Contact tracing app
- All residents and visitors should download the Protect Scotland app for free from the Apple and Google stores. The app will alert you if you have been in close contact with another app user who has tested positive for coronavirus. It supports contact tracing and works through Bluetooth anonymously, protecting your privacy.