COVID-19: Scotland Told to Stay at Home

by | Jan 4, 2021

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced today that Mainland Scotland would be entering Lockdown from 00:01 5th January.

To minimise the risk of spreading COVID, residents in Scotland must stay at home as much as possible. Nicola Sturgeon announced that it will be a legal requirement to stay at home except for essential purposes, which is similar to the lockdown of March last year.


Amongst the limited reasonable excuses to leave your home are provisions for caring, outdoor exercise and to go to work, but only if that work cannot be done from home.


Close contact services and mobile close contact service providers must not operate.


Close contact services include:

  • hairdressing and barbers
  • beauty and nail services (including make-up)
  • hair removal
  • tattoo, piercing and body modification
  • fashion design, dress-fitting and tailoring
  • indoor portrait photography
  • massage therapies
  • complementary and alternative medicine services requiring physical contact or close physical proximity between persons, but not osteopathy and chiropractic services
  • spa and wellness services
  • other services or procedures which require physical contact or close physical proximity between a provider and a customer and are not ancillary to medical, health, or social care services.



Read COVID-19 Stay at Home Guidance here.

Read Nicola Sturgeon’s full statement here.

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