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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Phase 2

Epidemic Status

Virus is controlled but risk of spreading remains. Focus is on containing outbreaks.


R is consistently below 1 and the number of infectious cases is showing a sustained decline.

WHO six criteria for easing restrictions must be met

Any signs of resurgence are closely monitored as part of enhanced community surveillance.

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

As with previous phase but with the following changes:

Seeing family and friends

Able to meet with larger groups including family and friends outside with physical distancing

Meeting people from another household indoors with physical distancing and hygiene measures.

Getting around

Consistent with the reopening of workplaces set out in this phase, where home working is not possible businesses and organisations are encouraged to manage travel demand through staggered start times and flexible working patterns.

People are permitted to drive locally for leisure purposes.

Public transport operating increased services but capacity still significantly limited to allow for physical distancing. Travel at peak times discouraged as far as possible.

May be geographical differences depending on circumstances.

Schools, childcare and other educational settings

On campus university lab research restarted subject to physical distancing

Working or running a business

Remote working remains the default position for those who can

Non-essential indoor non-office based workplaces resume once relevant guidance agreed – including factories & warehouses, lab & research facilities – to re-open with physical distancing

Construction sector to implement remaining stages of phased return

Relaxation of restrictions on housing moves

Shopping, eating and drinking out

Previously closed small retail units can reopen with physical distancing

Outdoor markets with physical distancing, hygiene measures and controls on numbers of people within market

Pubs and restaurants can open outdoor spaces with physical distancing and increased hygiene routines

Sport, culture and leisure activities

Reopening of playgrounds and sports courts

Resumption of professional sport in line with public health advice

Community and public services

Further scaling up of public services from Phase 1 where it is safe to do so

Gatherings and occasions

Registration offices open for high priority tasks

Places of worship open for private prayer under physical distancing rules and hygiene safeguards

Allow marriages and civil partnerships and other types of ceremonies to take place with minimal number of attendees

Health and Social Care

Remobilisation plans implemented by Health Boards and Integrated Joint Boards to increase provision for pent up demand, urgent referrals and triage of routine services

Reintroduce some chronic disease management which could include pain services, diabetic services

All dental practices open to see patients with urgent care needs. Urgent care centres provide urgent aerosol generating procedures.

Prioritised referrals to secondary care begin.

Increase number of home visits to shielded patients

Continue to plan with COSLA and Scottish Care and other partners to support and, where needed, review of social care and care home services

Phased resumption of some screening services

Expand range of GP services

Phased safe resumption of essential optometry/ophthalmology services

Phased resumption of visiting to care homes by family members in a managed way where it is clinically safe to do so

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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