Coronavirus situation in Scotland

Update 9 July 2020

Scotland is now in Phase 3 of recovering from lockdown which means that all tourism businesses will be able to reopen on 15th July 2020. This will include accommodation, pubs, restaurants and other tourism related businesses. Self-catering accommodation (with no shared facilities) was allowed to open on 3rd July.

Arriving into the UK
From 10 July 2020, the requirement for 14 days quarantine (self-isolating) will no longer be required for certain countries including France, Germany and Italy. See the UK's List of countries with exemptions from quarantine. Scotland is using the same list of countries - except for arrivals from Spain and Serbia who will still be required to self-isolate for 14 days.

Face coverings
From 10 July 2020, it is mandatory to wear a face covering in shops in Scotland. Exemptions apply for children under 5 and for those for whom a covering is inappropriate due to health reasons.
From 22 June 2020, it is mandatory to wear a face covering on all public transport (including public areas of bus/train stations and airports) and in taxis. Exemptions apply for children under 5 and for those for whom a covering is inappropriate due to health reasons (see full guidance).

Public transport
Public transport is operating on reduced schedules and at limited capacity due to social distancing. Advance booking of trains and ferries is essential. Many airports are running a reduced service only.

Good to Go, Scotland Look for the 'Good to Go' logo for businesses which are Covid Prepared. This is the official UK mark to signal that a tourism and hospitality business has worked hard to follow Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines and has a process in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

The national tourist board has put together a useful summary of the various phases involved in the Scottish Government's route map for moving out of lockdown. See the VisitScotland summary.

Testing
For medical advice if you are experiencing any symptoms of Coronavirus, please consult the NHS website. Scotland is now operating a 'Test and Protect' strategy.

Please note that this information may be different to the situation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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