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Scotland’s Strategic Framework

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance for festive period


The First Minister has announced (17 Nov) that Glasgow and the city region (except Inverclyde) will move to Level 4.  Level 4 will be for a limited period of 3 weeks from 6pm on 20 November to 11 December.  The Scottish Government will assess nearer the time what levels will be set in each local authority after this.


  • Restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars will be closed.
  • Takeaways can still operate as normal, provided food and drink is sold for consumption off premises. Face coverings and physical distancing rules must be followed.
  • Hotels and other accommodation providers can still serve food to qualifying guests i.e. key or exempt workers, staying in their premises up to 22:00. Room service, including alcohol, is allowed as normal.


  • Only essential retail will be able to remain open in Level 4 providing they follow and have implemented Scottish Government guidance to ensure the safety of customers and staff.
  • Click and collect, on-line services and outdoor retail, such as garden centres, outdoor markets and car lots, can also remain open.

Leisure and entertainment

  • All leisure and entertainment premises must be closed (except for use in limited circumstances).

Colleges and universities

  • Colleges and universities can operate using a more restricted mix of face to face and distance learning.

Offices, call centres and other workplaces

  • People are advised to work from home wherever that is practicable.
  • Businesses which provide essential services can continue to operate, such as those in the Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) sector, courts and tribunals. There are 13 designated CNI sectors including agriculture and food production, activity to maintain the food supply chain, energy and transport.
  • Outdoor workplaces, construction, manufacturing, veterinary services and film and TV production can also remain open. They should plan for the minimum number of people needed on site to operate safely and effectively.
  • Home visits by contractors should only be for essential services.

Visitor attractions

  • All indoor visitor attractions such as museums, galleries, heritage attractions, indoor areas of zoos and aquariums are closed.

Driving lessons

  • Driving lessons, including motorcycle lessons, must not be held unless all occupants of the vehicle or vehicles are from the same household

Stadia and events

  • Stadia must be closed to spectators.
  • No live events are permitted

Close contact retail services

  • Close contact services and mobile close contact service providers must not operate in Level 4.


  • All holiday accommodation is closed to tourism
  • Hotels, B&Bs and self-catering can remain open for essential customers only

Travel and transport

  • Travel restrictions will be put into law on 20 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.



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