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Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for unpaid carers

Published: 17 Aug 2020
Last updated: 25 Nov 2020 - see all updates

Guidance for those who provide unpaid care to friends or family.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): advice for unpaid carers
Staying safe

Staying safe

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

Local protection guidance has been published which indicates which COVID protection level applies in each local area. It also includes information on what you can and cannot do at each level. At all of the protection levels, you can still go into another household to provide care and support for a vulnerable person.

Face coverings

The public use of face coverings guidance includes advice on the use of face coverings. There are also details of how to request a face covering exemption card. Carers do not have to wear a face covering if it causes distress or anxiety for the person they are caring for.


The latest travel and transport guidance includes details of how to travel safely. This includes restrictions on travel into or out of Level 3 and 4 local authority areas, or to or from other parts of the UK. Those restrictions do not apply if you are travelling to provide care or assistance for a vulnerable person.

Car/vehicle sharing and giving lifts

Carers and those they look after can travel together, even if they don’t live together, but they should follow the safe travel guidance at the Transport Scotland website, which provides advice on how to share vehicles safely.

First published: 17 Aug 2020 Last updated: 25 Nov 2020 -