Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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Route map for moving out of lockdown - Phase 3

Scotland officially moved to Phase 3 on Friday, July 10, 2020. View an outline of key dates.

Guidance and restrictions remaining in place

  • People should continue to work from home where possible
  • Nobody should visit other people’s houses – except for extended household arrangements or essential reasons like childcare or looking after a vulnerable person
  • Gatherings must be limited to a maximum of six people from no more than two households both outdoors and public places indoors
  • Bars, pubs, restaurants and cafes outside the five health board areas with tougher restrictions can only open indoors until 6pm for the service of food and non-alcoholic drinks
  • People should not travel to Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Arran, Lothian and Forth Valley, where there are tighter restrictions, unless absolutely necessary
  • People should avoid travel to areas of high risk in other parts of the UK, details of which will be kept updated on the Scottish Government website
  • Specifically, people should not travel to Blackpool unless necessary

Changes from Friday, October 16

  • Couples will not have to wear face coverings during their marriage or civil partnership ceremony
  • Anybody in a workplace canteen has to wear a face covering when they are not seated at a table (for example when queuing, entering or leaving the canteen, or going to the bathroom)

Changes from Friday, October 19

Face coverings to be worn in other communal workplaces such as corridors.

Support for businesses

The First Minister went on to outline £40million of support that is being made available to support businesses, including a £20million grant fund to be administered by local authorities.

Details of the application process for that fund will be published on the Scottish Government’s website.

Local authority websites will be updated on Tuesday, October 20, to allow applications to be made, and it will be possible for businesses to apply at any time in the two weeks after that.

Restrictions on hospitality

The regulations giving around temporary restrictions on hospitality are due to expire on Monday, October 26.

The First Minister said the intention is to replace the temporary restrictions with a new strategic approach to managing the pandemic.

Part of the new approach will be to set out the different tiers or levels of intervention and restrictions which may be applied in future – either locally or across Scotland, depending on how the virus is spreading.

The new framework will be brought before parliament for debate and decision, and decisions will be made as to which level of intervention should apply to each part of the country when the temporary restrictions end on October 26.

Changes to council services

Changes to council services will follow the stages outlined above. You can find further information via the Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page as it becomes available.


The five principles behind the FACTS campaign remain a priority:

  • Face coverings
  • Avoid crowded spaces
  • Clean hands and surfaces
  • Two metre distancing
  • Self-isolation if you have symptoms