Updated to reflect some changes on face coverings and household gatherings.

Rules on staying safe and protecting others to help suppress coronavirus (COVID-19).


Coronavirus (COVID-19) Phase 3: staying safe and protecting others



To stay safe and protect others we must minimise the opportunity for Coronavirus (COVID-19) to spread from one person to another.

The current status of the epidemic in Scotland means that the changes in Phase 3 are being introduced in stages, rather than all at once. Further details of our plans for this phase are included in the Coronavirus Phase 3 Route Map update.

The following guidance applies from 14 September.

Please follow this guidance and consider your safety – and the safety of others – at all times.

When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection.

In Phase 3 regulations are still in place:

  • stopping some types of gatherings
  • closing certain businesses, premises and venues

Every person in Scotland should comply with the measures that affect them.

Local measures: if you are affected by additional COVID-19 restrictions in your local area you should comply with these measures.

The relevant authorities, including the police, have been given the powers to enforce the regulations – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

The measures are in force for 6 months in the first instance, unless revoked. They are reviewed at least once every 21 days

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