What Are Scotland’s Tiers?

Nov 17, 2020

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon introduced a 5 tiered system, from 0-4, for Scotland.

Scotland as a whole is subject to general rules, which includes remote working where possible, mandatory masks on public transport, as well as a ban on non-essential travel to or from level 3+ areas.

 

Level 0

  • Level 0 will see the most lenient restrictions applied to low-risk areas in Scotland.
  • Indoor household mixing will be permitted in homes and public places up to a maximum of eight people from three households. Socialising will be permitted outdoors up to a maximum of 15 people from five households.
  • Hospitality venues will be permitted to open at normal licensing times, although social distancing rules will still apply.
  • Hotel-stays will be permitted. However, non-essential travel to/from level 3+ areas in the UK will be prohibited.
  • Non-essential shops, hairdressers, cinemas and libraries will remain open.
  • Gyms will remain open and all sports will be permitted.
  • Weddings, funerals and places of worship will be limited to a maximum of 50 people.
  • Outdoor and indoor events will be permitted with restricted numbers with the exception of indoor grouped standing events.

 

Level 1

  • Indoor household mixing will be prohibited, barring exceptions such as caring duties. Socialising will be permitted outdoors and in public places up to a limit of six people from two households.
  • Indoor and outdoor hospitality establishments will remain open until 10.30pm (9.30pm last entry).
  • Hotel stays will be permitted. However, non-essential travel to/from level 3+ areas in the UK will be prohibited.
  • Non-essential shops, hairdressers, cinemas and libraries will remain open.
  • Gyms will remain open and all sports will be permitted, with the exception of indoor contact sports played by over-18s.
  • Weddings and funerals will be limited to a maximum of 20 people and places of worship will be restricted to a maximum of 50 people.
  • Seated indoor/outdoor events will be permitted with restricted numbers, but grouped standing events will not be permitted.

 

Level 2

  • Restrictions on socialising will remain unchanged from level 1.
  • Indoor hospitality establishments will close at 8pm (7pm last entry) and alcohol may only be served with a main meal. Outdoor hospitality venues may remain open until 10.30pm (9.30pm last entry).
  • Hotel stays will be permitted, but non-essential travel to/from level 3+ areas in the UK will be prohibited.
  • Non-essential shops, hairdressers, cinemas and libraries will remain open.
  • Gyms will remain open and all sports will be permitted, with the exception of indoor contact sports played by over-18s.
  • Weddings and funerals will be limited to a maximum of 20 people and places of worship will be restricted to a maximum of 50 people.

 

Level 3

  • Restrictions on socialising will remain unchanged from level 2, but the maximum number of people at weddings, funerals and religious ceremonies will be capped at 20.
  • There will be further limits on public venues with closures of cinemas, arcades and bingo halls. Drive-in events will also be banned.
  • Hospitality establishments will be prohibited from selling alcohol and will close at 6pm (last entry at 5pm). Non-essential shops and hairdressers will remain open.
  • Gyms will remain open but indoor exercise will be limited to individual workouts. Outdoor exercise will be limited to non-contact sport with the exception of under-18s. Professional sport will continue.
  • Hotel-stays will be permitted where essential. Non-essential hotel stays will be permitted for locals only.

 

Level 4 

  • Scots in areas with severe Covid-19 outbreaks will face being placed into near-full lockdowns, with restrictions on travel and instructions to stay at home.
  • Restrictions on socialising will remain the same as in level 3 areas, but non-essential shops and hospitality establishments will be closed without exception.
  • Hairdressers and other close contact services (for example, beauticians) will be closed.
  • Homeworking will be advised for all sectors with the exception of essential work, outdoor work, construction and manufacturing jobs.
  • Non-essential travel into or out of level 4 areas will be prohibited and public transport should only be used when essential.
  • Gyms will be closed and outdoor sports will be restricted to non-contact games. However, professional sports will be allowed to continue.
  • Informal childcare will be permitted for the children of key workers, and formal childcare will be subjected to “targeted intervention”.

 

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