Coronavirus in Scotland

Scotland is now in Phase 3. The changes and dates are as follows;

Friday 10 July

  • Outdoors – a household can meet up to 4 other households at a time – up to 15 people in total.

  • Indoors – a household can meet up to 2 other households at a time – up to 8 people in total. This includes overnight stays

  • The limit on the number of other households you can meet per day (indoors or outdoors) does not apply to young people who are under 18.

  • Children aged 11 or under no longer need to physically distance indoors. Young people aged 12-17 must continue to physically distance.

  • Extended Households: All non cohabiting partners (and any children under 18 in the household) can form extended households without physical distancing.

Monday 13 July

  • Non-essential shops inside shopping centres can re-open (following guidance and with physical distancing)

  • All dental practices may begin to see registered patients for non-aerosol routine care. Urgent care centres will continue to provide aerosol generating procedures

  • Organised outdoor contact sports, play and physical activity can resume for children and young people under 18 (subject to guidance).

  • Face-to-face youth work can resume outdoors (following relevant guidance).

Wednesday 15 July 

  • Places of worship can re-open for congregational services, communal prayer and contemplation with physical distancing and limited numbers.

  • Museums, galleries, monuments, libraries, various other visitor attractions, cinemas (including drive-ins and venues screening films) – with physical distancing and other measures (e.g. ticketing in advance).

  • Hairdressers and barbers can re-open – with enhanced hygiene measures.

  • All childcare providers can open subject to individual provider arrangements

  • Indoor hospitality can reopen (subject to physical distancing rules and guidance).

  • All holiday accommodation permitted (following relevant guidance).

  • Easing of restrictions on attendance at funerals, marriage ceremonies and civil partnership registrations with physical distancing (limited numbers). Associated receptions are subject to restrictions on hospitality and household meetings.

Wednesday 22 July

  • Universities and colleges – Phased return to on campus learning as part of a blended model with remote teaching. Public health measures (including physical distancing) in place.

  • Other personal retail services such as beauticians and tailors can re-open – with enhanced hygiene measures.

  • Motorcycle instruction and theory/hazard tests can resume. Tractor driver instruction can resume.

From 1 August

  • Pause Shielding

From 3 August

  • Relax restrictions for some support groups and services and some sports coaches once relevant guidance implemented

  • Routine eye care services can be provided within community optometry practices and in patient's homes

From 11 August 

  • Children return full time to school - phased return until 18 August

From 17 August 

  • Urgent dental care using aerosols may begin for NHS patients



Here are the new rules 


Every person in Scotland must comply with these measures

Please be aware that restrictions in Scotland differ from those elsewhere in the UK. For residents of Scotland, please see

This page has been designed to provide up-to-date information, guidance and advice with regards to Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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See Also


Coronavirus in Scotland

Scotland is now in Phase 3. The changes and dates are as follows;

People with symptoms must now isolate for 10 days

The use of face coverings will become mandatory in shops in Scotland from 9 July

Friday 10 July