There are six main tools for achieving this outline as:

  1. the quickest practical roll-out of our vaccination programme
  2. the most effective use of Test and Protect
  3. applying proportionate protective measures (rules and guidance) to suppress transmission of the virus
  4. effective measures to manage the risk of importation of the virus
  5. supporting individuals, businesses and organisations to adhere to protective measures
  6. providing care and support to mitigate the harms of the crisis

In terms of local rules we are still in lockdown however the priority is on the phased return of education which has started and will continue.

  • The next phase of school returns with the rest of the primary school years, P4 to P7, and more senior phase secondary pupils back in the classroom for part of their learning and the limit on outdoor mixing between households increasing to four people from a maximum of two households
  • The stay at home restriction to be lifted and any final school returns to take place. Communal worship to restart in limited numbers mindful of the timing of major religious festivals. This phase would also see the re-opening of retail, starting with an extension of the definition of essential retail and the removal of restrictions on click-and collect
  • Return to a levels approach with all of Scotland moving to at least level 3, with some possible adjustments. This could mean that from the last week of April that we would expect to see phased but significant re-opening of the economy, including non-essential retail, hospitality and services like gyms and hairdressers

There is likely to be a gap of at least three weeks between each easing of restrictions to assess the impact of changes, and to check that it is safe to proceed further using the six conditions for safe easing set out by the World Health Organisation.

The following requirements remain in place for now

    • 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)
    • 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 full lockdown rules and requirements.

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.