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Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you can and cannot do

Includes information on seeing friends and family, travel, and guidance for students on visits home.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): what you can and cannot do
Shopping, drinking and eating out

Shopping, drinking and eating out

From 25 September, pubs, bars and restaurants must close at 10pm. 


Customers must wear a face covering in shops and other retail premises. Some people do not have to wear a face covering including for age, health, or disability reasons.

Shop and retail staff who come into contact with customers must also wear a face covering. There are some exemptions, such as where there is 2 metre physical distancing or a screen between staff and customers.

Eating and drinking out

When eating and drinking inside or outside in pubs, restaurants and cafes:

  • no more than 6 people from up to 2 different households should meet at a time
  • children under 12 from those 2 households are not counted towards the 6 people limit

You should also:

  • book before you go if you can
  • wear a face covering when moving around and not eating or drinking
  • stay at least 1 metre apart from anyone outside your household
  • stay seated – no standing, queueing at bars or dancing
  • supply your contact details for Test and Protect
  • no singing or shouting to avoid the spread of COVID-19
  • limit the number of venues you visit in one day

Table service will be required in all settings.

Hospitality staff must wear face coverings.

Download the Protect Scotland contact tracing app which will anonymously notify app users you have been in close contact with should you test positive. 

For advice on what activities are permitted in hospitality, such as gaming machines and tables, see the statutory guidance for hospitality.


First published: 27 Sep 2020 Last updated: 27 Sep 2020 -