Coronavirus situation in Scotland

Update 8 August 2020

Scotland is now in Phase 3 of recovering from lockdown which means that all tourism businesses can reopen from 15th July 2020. This includes accommodation, pubs, restaurants and other tourism related businesses.

Due to a cluster of cases in Aberdeen, local restrictions came into force in the city on 5 August and will be reviewed after 7 days.

Arriving into the UK
See Scotland's List of 'travel corridor' countries which have exemptions from 14-day quarantine (self-isolating). If you are travelling to Scotland from countries not on this list, you are required to self-isolate in one location for 14 days.
For additional info, see the VisitScotland Travel to Scotland FAQ.

Face coverings in Scotland
It is mandatory to wear a face covering in shops, banks and other enclosed areas such as museums, indoor tourist attractions, cinemas and places of worship.
Exemptions apply for children under 5 and for those for whom a covering is inappropriate due to health reasons (see full guidance).
It is also mandatory to wear a face covering on all public transport (including public areas of bus/train stations and airports) and in taxis.
You may be asked to wear a face covering inside bars/restaurants when you are moving from your table.

Public transport
Public transport is operating at limited capacity due to social distancing. Advance booking of trains and ferries is essential. Face coverings are mandatory.

Tourist attractions
Museums, art galleries, castles and other attractions are re-opening, but many of them require pre-booking so that visitor numbers can be well managed. Please check before travelling. You will be asked to wear a face covering when inside.

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.

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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