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On 23 March, the UK and Scottish Governments announced that all non-essential premises must close in the effort to slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

View the full list of affected premises and physical distancing guidance.

Scotland's route map

On Thursday (21 May) The First Minister announced ‘Scotland’s route map through and out of the crisis’.  

On 9 July the Scottish Government announced that Scotland would commence with Phase 3. In a similar manner to the move to Phase 2, this will happen with a phased approach. On Friday 10 July, it will also become mandatory for face masks  to be worn in retail spaces and shops, in addition to when using public transport.

The industry can now work towards the following dates for reopening:

  • Shops of all sizes as long as they have outdoor entrances and exits - Monday 29 June
  • Travel distance restriction relaxed – Friday 3 July
  • Self-catering accommodation and second homes (without shared facilities) – Friday 3 July
  • Outdoor hospitality (subject to physical distancing rules and public health advice) – Monday 6 July
  • All holiday accommodation (following relevant Government guidance) – Wednesday 15 July
  • Indoor hospitality (subject to physical distancing rules and public health advice) – Wednesday 15 July
  • Museums, galleries, cinemas, monuments, libraries – with physical distancing and other measures (e.g. ticketing in advance) – Wednesday 15 July

The Scottish Government announced on Friday 10 July that public transport, outdoor and indoor hospitality, and retail are now permitted to move to one-metre distancing from Wednesday 15 July. This only applies where agreed risk mitigation measures are in place. 

Find out more about the physical distancing exemption to one metre, and the associated mitigating measures.

A separate transport transition plan has been produced by Scottish Government for transport operators. And there's a guide to travelling within Scotland - with general advice.

The Scottish Government has updated guidance for accommodation providers to make sufficient provisions for the health and safety of staff and customers, including what to do in the event that a guest develops symptoms whilst staying in holiday accommodation. 

Moment for Change | Get Tourism Ready

As Scottish tourism businesses begin to plan to reopen as part of phase two and three of the route map to recovery, we’re working with the Scottish Government and industry sector groups to bring you key requirements that need to be undertaken to get tourism ready for restart. you prepare to reopen as part of the route map to recovery is crucially important.

There’s a lot to consider and we’ve pulled together the resources available to you including checklists, information on the Good to Go consumer mark and sources of sector-specific advice. 

We're currently updating our FAQs and will publish this within the coming days. You can keep up to date with the latest updates on our COVID-19 information and advice hub page.