Changes to Covid Level 1 Rules

From 19th November, restrictions around outdoor socialising for those in Level 1 are to be extended to allow 8 people from 3 households to meet outdoors.  Currently only six people from 2 households are permitted to meet outdoors. 

There will also be changes to hospitality.  The maximum number of people you can meet indoors and outdoors in a restaurant, café, pub or bar is 6 people from 2 separate households.   From 6pm on 20th November this will increase to a maximum of 8 people from up to 3 households outdoors.  Children under the age of 12 from these households do not count towards the total number of people meeting.

At present you must only stay with your household or extended household in self-catering accommodation as it is considered a private dwelling.  This reflects current socialising in private dwellings in Level 1.  The default position is you can stay with a maximum of 6 people from up to 2 households or extended households.  This has been reduced to a single household or extended household, as we transition to the new levels.  This tighter limit is intended to be temporary, and when it is considered safe to change it for private dwellings, then this will also apply to self-catering.

If you are staying with another household in a hotel or B&B you should not have more than one household or extended household staying in each room booked.  You should also maintain a 2 meter social distance between households or extended households for the during of your stay.  You can meet in a group of up to 6 people from up to 2 households indoors in a public setting in your holiday accommodation.

The guidance for Level 1areas regarding travel is that you should minimise unnecessary journeys between areas in different levels, and avoid any unnecessary travel to places in Level 3 or 4 areas.

Travel restrictions will be put into law on 20th November to further enforce the current guidance that restricts people who live in a  Level 3 or Level 4 local authority area from travelling outside their local authority except for an essential purpose – such as work or caring responsibilities.  The regulations also prevent non-essential travel into a Level 3 or 4 local authority area, except for the same reasons.

If you have to travel for essential purposes, follow the Scottish Government guidance on travel and transport.

Keep up to date with all the Level 1 Restrictions and Changes (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)