The main changes are:

    • A legal requirement to stay at home unless you have to go out for essential purposes such as caring responsibilities, work that can't be done at home, essential shopping, outdoor exercise
    • When exercising outdoors a maximum of two people from two households can meet (not including children aged 11 and under)
    • Schools and early learning/childcare only open to vulnerable young people and keyworkers' children until 1 February
    • People previously shielding, who will receive a letter from the Chief Medical Officer, must stay at home and not go into any workplace


Find out more details on temporary lockdown protection measures from the Scottish Government website.

At-a-glance guide to temporary lockdown measures.

The Scottish Government's website provides details of what you can and cannot do at each protection level and details the Strategic Framework, setting out the detail of the Government's approach.

You can also use this tool to check which level of protection applies to your postcode.