Coronavirus (COVID-19) Phase 1: Scotland’s route map update

Updated Route Map table to reflect the move to Phase 1 in Scotland's route map through and out of the crisis.

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Epidemic Status

High transmission of the virus. Risk of overwhelming NHS capacity without significant restrictions in place.


R is near or above 1 and there are a high number of infectious cases.

Protections advised in each phase

Physical distancing requirements in place

Frequent handwashing and hygiene measures for all

Cough etiquette is maintained.

Face coverings in enclosed public spaces, including public transport


We know how hard people at the highest clinical risk are finding the advice to shield, and that you are concerned about what will follow the initial 12 week shielding period. We will be updating the advice to people who are shielding in the course of the coming weeks. We will base that advice on what you are telling us about what matters to you, as well as on the evidence, in order to improve your quality of life while keeping your risks as low as possible.

Lockdown restrictions:

Seeing family and friends

Strict physical distancing and hygiene measures

Contact should be within own household only

No public gatherings except for meetings of two people permitted.

Self-isolation/household isolation if displaying symptoms

Shielding of very high risk individuals

Getting around

Stay at home with essential travel only, staying in local area.

Active travel including walking and cycling in local area for daily exercise

Public transport operating with limited service and capacity with physical distancing

Passengers recommended to wear face coverings, only to travel for essential purposes and to avoid busy routes/periods

Schools and childcare services closed

Schools, childcare and other educational settings

Measures in place to support home learning and to provide outreach services to vulnerable children

Critical childcare provision for key workers and vulnerable children provided through hubs, nurseries and childminding services

Universities and colleges closed – remote learning and research

Working or running a business

Closure of non-essential workplaces

Social distancing requirements for essential businesses

Remote working is the default position

Shopping, eating and drinking out

Shopping for necessities, with distancing measures

Closure of non-essential retail, libraries and some indoor public spaces

Closure and restriction of businesses selling food or drink

Closure of outdoor markets

Sport, culture and leisure activities

Daily (unlimited) exercise

Closure of entertainment premises and leisure facilities

Closure of playgrounds

Closure of holiday accommodation

Community and public services

Limited number of courts open and business limited.

All jury business halted

Other services restricted where necessary in line with public health advice

Gatherings and occasions

No public gatherings of more than two people

No mass gatherings

Funerals take place with limited number of attendees

Health and Social Care

All non-urgent care health care services stopped and capacity focused on COVID-19 response:

COVID hubs and assessment centres

Urgent care including dental and the creation of ICU capacity

Joint working to reduce delayed discharges by over 60% and prioritising "home first" and prioritisation of safety and wellbeing of care home residents and staff

Urgent and cancer care still available

Notes: Above examples are illustrations, and are not intended to be comprehensive. Each phase description should be viewed as a general description rather than precise definitions of permitted activities.

All decisions on phasing will be kept under review as the research evidence base on the impact of the virus and the effectiveness of different interventions builds.



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