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Article published 01/06/2021

First Minister announcement

The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has confirmed further changes to restrictions across Scotland from 00:01 on Saturday 5 June.

As the vaccination programme advances through age groups some restrictions are to be eased sooner in areas where case rates and prevalence of coronavirus (COVID-19) allow.

Key information:

  • From 00:01 on Saturday 5 June:
    • Glasgow moving to level two
    • Remaining in level two – Edinburgh, Midlothian, Dundee, East Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, North, South and East Ayrshire, North and South Lanarkshire, Clackmannanshire and Stirling
    • Moving to level one – Highland, Argyll & Bute, Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Angus, Perth & Kinross, Falkirk, Fife, Inverclyde, East Lothian, West Lothian, West Dunbartonshire, Dumfries & Galloway and Scottish Borders
    • The islands currently in level one will move to level zero
  • 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

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What does this mean for accommodation?

In level zero

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

In self-catered or other unregulated (unstaffed) accommodation, in-house socialising rules apply. A maximum of eight people from up to four households can socialise in a private dwelling. 

In public spaces within regulated (staffed) tourist accommodation, the rules about socialising in an indoors public place apply. In level zero, a maximum of 10 people from up to four households can socialise indoors in a public place. 

Read level zero guidance.

In level one and two

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

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. 

In public spaces within regulated (staffed) tourist accommodation, the rules about socialising in an indoors public place apply. In level one a maximum of eight people from up to three households can socialise indoors in a public place, in level two it’s six people from up to three households. 

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 level one guidance.

Read level two guidance.

Read guidance for the tourism and hospitality sector.

In level three

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

Travel to or from a level three area for holidays is not permitted. See guidance on travel and transport.

You cannot stay in a private home with family and friends outwith your extended household for the purpose of socialising or leisure purposes. No socialising between members of different households is permitted in a private dwelling, so different households must not share holiday accommodation.

In public spaces within regulated (staffed) accommodation, the rules with regard to socialising in an indoors public place apply. In level three, a maximum of six people from up to two households can socialise indoors in a public place. 

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 level three guidance.

Read guidance for the tourism and hospitality sector.

What does this mean for hospitality?

In level zero

Consumption of food and alcoholic drinks – local licensing conditions apply for operating hours. The hospitality sector should follow sector guidance for tourism and hospitality.

The maximum number of people you can meet indoors in a restaurant, café, pub or bar is 10 which can be from up to four separate households. The maximum number of people you can meet outdoors in a restaurant, café, pub or bar is 15 which can be from up to 15 separate households. 

Hotels and other accommodation providers can still serve food to guests staying in their premises. 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 contact details for ALL of their customers – rather than simply for the lead member of each household.

Takeaways can operate as normal.

Read level zero guidance.

In level one and two

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

Up to eight people will be allowed to meet indoors – however they must come from a maximum of three separate households in level one, and six people and three households for level two.

Outdoors, the maximum number of people who can meet outdoors in a restaurant, café, pub or bar is 12 people from up to 12 households in level one and eight and eight for level two.

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 11pm for level one / 10.30pm for level two. 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 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 100 people in level one / 50 people level two.

Read level one guidance.

Read level two guidance.

Read guidance for the tourism and hospitality sector.

In level three

Restaurants, cafés, pubs and bars can open indoors for the consumption of food and non-alcoholic drinks until 8pm. Restaurants, cafés, pubs and bars can open outdoors for the consumption of food and alcoholic drinks – local licensing conditions apply to operating hours.

The maximum number of people you can meet indoors in a restaurant, café, pub or bar is six which can be from up to two separate households. The maximum number of people you can meet outdoors is six which can be from up to six separate households.

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 to guests staying in their premises up to 10pm. 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 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.

Travel to or from a level three area for hospitality is not permitted. See guidance on travel and transport.

Read level three guidance.

Read guidance for the tourism and hospitality sector.

What does this mean for visitor attractions?

In level one, two and three

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 10 people from four separate households indoors or 15 people from 15 separate households outdoors in level zero.

  • in a group of more than eight people from three separate households indoors or 12 people from 12 separate households outdoors in level one.

  • in a group of more than six people from three separate households indoors or eight people from eight separate households outdoors in level two.
  • in a group of more than six people from two separate households indoors or six people from six separate households outdoors in level three.

Travel to or from a level three area to attend visitor attractions is not permitted. ​​​​​

Read level zero guidance.

Read level one guidance.

Read level two guidance.

Read level three guidance.

Read guidance for the tourism and hospitality sector.

Read the museum, galleries and heritage sector guidance.

Read guidance for the retail sector.

What does this mean for events?

In level zero, one and two

Outdoor seated and open space events are advised to operate with a maximum capacity of 2,000 in level zero / 1,000 in level one / 500 people in level two.

Outdoor grouped standing events are advised to operate with a maximum capacity of 1,000 in level zero / 500 in level one / 250 people in level two.

Small seated indoor events are advised to operate with a maximum of 400 people in level zero / 200 people in level one / 100 in level two.

Read level zero guidance.

Read level one guidance.

Read level two guidance.

Read the events sector guidance.

Read the calculating physical distancing capacity in public settings.

In level three

Stadia must be closed to spectators.

No live events other than drive-in events are permitted.

You cannot travel into or from a level three area for a drive-in event.

Read level three guidance.

Read the events sector guidance.

Read the calculating physical distancing capacity in public settings.

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 has been 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 First Minister statement.

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

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Protection Levels allocation to local councils - 1 June 2021.

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.