Accelerated easing of restrictions from 16 April

People must continue to Stay Local for  purposes such as non-essential shopping. Public transport capacity will continue to be limited, however,  from Friday 16 April travel within Scotland for outdoor socialising, recreation and exercise will be allowed. In addition, six people from six households can meet outdoors from Friday 16 April. Outdoor meetings in groups of up to six adults from up to six households will also be allowed from Friday, with under-12s not counting towards this limit. Socialising in homes is still not permitted.

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COVID protection levels by area

The rules you have to follow depend on the level in your local council area.

Mainland Scotland and some islands are at Level 4. Some islands are at Level 3.  

All council areas are at Level 4 apart from the following areas which are at Level 3:

  • Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles)
  • Orkney Islands
  • Shetland Islands
  • the following islands in Argyll and Bute: Coll, Colonsay, Erraid, Gometra, Iona, Islay, Jura, Mull, Oronsay, Tiree, and Ulva
  • all islands in Highland, except the Isle of Skye which is at Level 4

Timetable for easing restrictions

At present we are expecting to mover through the levels on the following dates:

  • 26 April: mainland Scotland and islands at Level 4 are expected to move to Level 3. Islands at Level 3 will remain there until 17 May
  • 17 May: all of Scotland will move to Level 2
  • June (early): all of Scotland will move to Level 1
  • June (late): all of Scotland will move to Level 0

See the attached PDF table for summary information on what you can and cannot do at each level