Coronavirus (COVID-19): protection levels - reviews and evidence

Reviews of the allocation of levels to local authorities and data supporting these decisions.


Scotland have moved out of the protection levels system. For up to date information see the main covid landing page.

Scotland follows a COVID-19 levels system (0-4). Each has a different set of rules on what you can and cannot do. Find out the level and rules for an area

On 29 October 2020, as part of Coronavirus (COVID-19): Scotland’s Strategic Framework, we published the initial allocation of protection levels to local authorities. 

See the collection of weekly reports on modelling of the epidemic for information on the spread of the disease through the population (epidemiological modelling) and of the demands it will place on the system, for example in terms of health care requirement.

See the collection of weekly reports on the state of the epidemic for information on the different sources of evidence and data about the covid epidemic to summarise the current situation, why we are at that place, and what is likely to happen next..

Review of the Levels' contents

As well as a weekly review of the allocation of levels, we will also periodically review the content of the levels.  Such changes are based on the appropriate evidence, including virus transmission risks and an assessment against the four harms.  Guidance is updated to reflect changes to the levels’ contents.

8 December – Changes to indoor island socialising for additional Islands in Level 1 areas that have no road links to the mainland. Read about latest changes to coronavirus levels.

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