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COVID-19: Recovery phases

Welcome to Scotland
Welcome to Scotland

The Scottish Government is currently holding daily press conferences on the situation.

At the moment, Scotland is in the first of four phases of easing their COVID-19 restrictions.

There is no international tourism and some islands are completely isolated from the outside world (except for basic services).

 

In addition to the restrictions from the government, Visit Scotland points out that the Scottish Outdoor Access Code should be observed at all times. Unfortunately, in the weeks since the first easing, visitors have left lots of trash behind...


Phase 1 (complete)

  • The distance to people outside your own household should be at least two metres, both indoors and outdoors
  • If it is not possible to keep this distance, you should consider going somewhere else
  • You should avoid going more than 5 miles from your place of residence for leisure activities
  • If possible, travel on foot, by bicycle or by car
  • Many facilities are closed (e.g. visitor centres, parking lots, campsites, toilets)
  • The following sports may be practised outdoors without restriction: Jogging, cycling, fishing, golf, tennis, riding, archery, hiking, water sports, walking
  • It is allowed to use public places for recreation
  • Up to 8 people from two households are allowed to meet once a day. However, they should bring their own food (e.g. when having a picnic)
  • Food and drink can be picked up from restaurants
  • Garden centres and nurseries are open
Visitor facilities at Loch Lomond are currently closed
Visitor facilities at Loch Lomond are currently closed

Phase 2 (current phase)

  • Larger groups of friends/family are allowed to meet outdoors
  • It is allowed to meet with people from another household indoors
  • Excursions within the region (approx. 5 miles) - for the purpose of recreation or exercise - are possible again
  • Visits to small retailers are allowed
  • Public transport can be used to a limited extent
  • Playgrounds can be visited
  • Weddings/civil ceremonies with a limited number of guests can be held
  • Restaurants and pubs can serve people outdoors
  • Sports is possible on courts
  • Professional sport can be practiced again
  • Open-air markets with limited visitor numbers can take place
  • You can visit gardens and zoos

UPDATE (6 July 2020)

  •  The 5-mile restriction was lifted on 3 July 2020
  • You can now book self-catering accommodation or visit your second home (with members of your household)
  • Restaurants, pubs etc. are allowed to serve customers outdoors from 6 July 2020
Shopping in Fort William
Shopping in Fort William

Phase 3

  • It is allowed to meet with people from several households indoors
  • Excursions outside the region - for recreation or exercise purposes - are possible
  • Visits to larger retail stores are allowed
  • Public transport can be used to a limited extent
  • Museums, cinemas, galleries and libraries can be visited
  • Weddings/civil ceremonies outside the closest family are allowed
  • Restaurants and pubs can serve people both indoors and outdoors
  • Overnight stays in hotels, B&Bs and holiday homes might be possible again (ATTENTION! Does not necessarily apply to international guests!)
  • Training at he gym can be resumed
  • You can visit religious places
  • Live events with a limited number of participants can take place

Phase 4

  • You can meet other people again
  • Shopping and eating out is possible without restrictions
  • Public transport can be used in full
  • Weddings/civil ceremonies can be held without restrictions
  • Live events can take place with relaxed measures
Highland Games, Stirling
Highland Games, Stirling

There is no fixed date on which the individual phases take effect - it's a weekly decision depending on the number of infections.

If the trend turns negative, there could also be a step backwards into a previous phase.

 

At present, it looks as if restricted travel will be possible again from 15 July 2020.
Whether this also applies to international guests, however, yet remains unclear.

 

 

People entering from abroad (e.g. UK citizens who work abroad for a while) currently have to go into self-isolation for 14 days.

 

DFDS, which we normally use, has currently suspended all ferry services between Amsterdam and Newcastle until 30 June 2020 (Status: 16 June 2020).



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