This page will be updated with latest covid restrictions and measures in Banff and Buchan


UPDATE 5 January 2022

Two changes to the self isolation rules, and one change to the requirement for PCR testing. All of these changes will take effect from midnight 5 Jan 2022.

The first change to self isolation applies to those who test positive for Covid. While the initial advice when someone tests positive will still be to self-isolate for 10 days, there will now be an option to end isolation after 7 days as long as you, firstly, have no fever and, secondly, you record two negative lateral flow tests, one no earlier than day 6 after testing positive - and another at least 24 hours later.

The second change applies to close contacts of positive cases - including household contacts - who are either under the age of 18 years, 4 months, or who are older than that and fully vaccinated. 'Fully vaccinated' means first, second and booster or third doses.

For close contacts in these categories the requirement to self-isolate will end and be replaced by a requirement to take a lateral flow test every day for seven days. Obviously, if one of these tests is positive, self- isolation will then be required.

Anyone identified as a close contact who is over 18 years and four month and not fully vaccinated will still be asked to self-isolate for ten days and take a PCR test.

From 6 Jan 2022, if your lateral flow test is positive there will no longer be any need to take a PCR test to confirm the result.

Instead, you must immediately isolate immediately and also report your result online so that Test & Protect can commence the contact tracing process and give you advice as quickly as possible.

You will also receive an online form that you must fill in to ensure your contacts are notified.


For a breakdown of the latest changes visit 


Coronavirus in Scotland

To help protect yourself and others:

Information and support

Close all sectionsCoronavirus (COVID-19) cases in Scotland


Getting tested and self-isolating

You should take regular lateral flow tests if you do not have symptoms of COVID-19. If you get a positive LFD result, changes to testing arrangements mean that you do not need to take a PCR test to confirm this. Get LFD tests

If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (a fever, new continuous cough, or loss of sense of taste or smell) it is important to isolate and book a PCR test – that advice has not changed. 

Follow the guidance on NHS Inform on self-isolating and booking a test.

Travel and quarantine

If you are travelling to Scotland from abroad (international travel)

Find out the rules on travelling to Scotland, and check if a country is on the red list.

If you are travelling to Scotland from other parts of the UK

Travel is allowed between Scotland and England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

If you are travelling to a Scottish island

​​​​If you are travelling to a Scottish island you are advised to take a covid test before doing so.

Staying safe

Follow the rules and guidance on how to stay safe and help prevent the spread of COVID-19

Face coverings

By law you should still wear a face covering in most indoor public places. 

Vaccine, including booster vaccinations, and vaccine certificates

Find out about the vaccine, including the booster and third dose vaccinations, on the NHS Inform website.

Covid certification scheme (covid passports)

If you are attending certain venues and events you will need to provide proof of:

  • vaccination - or
  • a negative test within the last 24 hours

You can download the NHS Scotland Covid Status app or get a paper record of your vaccine status from NHS Inform.

Check the vaccine certification scheme guidance for businesses and event organisers and for customers.

Businesses and workplaces (including hospitality guidance)

Guidance on operating safely during coronavirus

All businesses and workplaces should follow the safer businesses and workplaces guidance. This replaces most of the previous sector-specific guidance.

There is also guidance for specific sectors, including:

Funding for businesses affected by Omicron control measures

Get information about funding for business sectors affected by measures introduced to control the spread of the Omicron variant, including hospitality and taxi drivers.

You can also get information on support available to your business at the Find Business Support website

Places of worship

Read guidance on the safe use of places of worship

Schools, universities, education and childcare

Guidance is available to help reduce the risk in:

Information for parents and carers is on the Parent Club website.

Information for students is on the Student Information Scotland website


See Also

COVID-19 Banff and Buchan - Roadmap out of Lockdown

Covid-19 in Scotland


The Scottish government have announced that Scotland will move beyond Level 0 from Monday 9 August with most restrictions being removed.

Check the level for an area using the postcode tool.

At Level 0:

you can meet socially in groups: