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Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer businesses and workplaces

Guidance for businesses and workplaces on reducing the risk of COVID-19 and supporting staff and customers.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer businesses and workplaces
Sector specific measures

Sector specific measures

Protection measures are required to reduce the transmission of COVID-19. This section details the sector specific protection measures in place:

Measures

Sector/industry

Date

Measures

Hospitality (including adult entertainment)

Up to 24 January 2022

  • Mandatory local licensing laws apply
  • Mandatory collection of contact details remains a requirement
  • Mandatory reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission apply
  • From 1 October 2021, the COVID Certification Scheme introduced the legal requirement for vaccine certificates/ negative test result to be provided in order to access certain settings in Scotland, including late night hospitality
  • Until 24 January 2022, premises are required to limit the size of live public events within hospitality settings to:
    • 100 for indoor standing events; and
    • 200 for indoor seated events Further information on this requirement can be found within the physical distancing and capacity limits in relevant premises and events guidance.
  • From 27 December 2021 until 24 January 2022, mandatory table service is required in venues serving alcohol for consumption on their premises:
    • This means that you must be seated to consume any food or alcohol in a place that serves alcohol. No drinking at bar areas will be permitted
    • Drinks may be served at bar areas but only where there is a clear queuing system with appropriate distancing and the drink consumed at a table
    • Venues such as hospitality within theatres, which are unable to operate a table service, will be required to put in place an adequate queue management system which maintains physical distancing
    • The table service requirement will not apply at receptions associated with weddings, civil partnerships and funerals taking place within hospitality settings
  • From 27 December 2021 until 24 January 2022, at least 1 metre physical mandatory distancing between groups is required, with a maximum of 3 households is recommended within any group attending together. This requirement also applies to any outdoor events held within hospitality settings. Appropriate table layout should be reintroduced to accommodate the 1 metre physical distancing requirement
  • From 27 December 2021 until 24 January 2022, physical distancing in hospitality settings means that dancing will not be possible at most venues and premises. Receptions associated with weddings, civil partnerships and funerals will be exempt from that requirement.

From 5:00 a.m. on 24 January 2022

  • Mandatory local licensing laws apply
  • Mandatory collection of contact details remains a requirement
  • Mandatory reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission apply
  • From 1 October 2021, the COVID Certification Scheme introduced the legal requirement for vaccine certificates/ negative test result to be provided in order to access certain settings in Scotland, including late night hospitality
  • Face coverings must be worn noting exemptions
  • Please refer to the hospitality and tourism sector specific guidance, for further information. Please see further information on business support available

Nightclubs

Up to 24 January 2022

  • From 27 December 2021 until 24 January 2022, nightclubs are required to close to members of the public unless the premises is repurposed as a pub, following the guidance for hospitality premises. Local licensing laws apply

From 5:00 a.m. on 24 January 2022

  • From 5:00 a.m. on 24 January 2022, nightclubs are able to reopen and operate in line with the sector specific measures detailed for hospitality above.

Sport stadia

Up to 24 January 2022

  • Mandatory reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission apply
  • From 1 October 2021, the COVID Certification Scheme introduced the legal requirement for vaccine certificates/ negative test result to be provided in order to access certain settings in Scotland Until 24 January 2022, organisers are required to limit the size of live public events to:
  • 100 for indoor standing events; and
  • 200 for indoor seated events
  • Until 24 January 2022, at least 1 metre physical distancing will apply to indoor events and indoor sections of sports stadia. Large outdoor events can operate without physical distancing in the outdoor sections of sports stadia
  • Face coverings must be worn noting exemptions
  • Organisers should consider that spectators and other attendees may not be aware of the latest guidance. Organisers should make sure their communications with attendees are open and clear such that anyone considering buying a ticket is made aware of this guidance

Please refer to the sportscotland website for further information

From 5:00 a.m. on 24 January 2022

  • Mandatory reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission apply
  • From 1 October 2021, the COVID Certification Scheme introduced the legal requirement for vaccine certificates/ negative test result to be provided in order to access certain settings in Scotland
  • Face coverings must be worn noting exemptions

Please refer to the sportscotland website for further information

Sports and indoor leisure facilities (including gyms)

 

Up to 24 January 2022

  • Mandatory reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission apply
  • From 1 October 2021, the COVID Certification Scheme introduced the legal requirement for vaccine certificates/ negative test result to be provided in order to access certain settings in Scotland
  • From 26 December 2021 until 24 January 2022, indoor leisure facilities and organisers are required to postpone non-professional indoor contact sports from taking place
  • From 27 December 2021 until 24 January 2022, at least 1 metre physical distancing is required in indoor leisure facilities. This includes sports that do go ahead
  • From 27 December 2021 until 24 January 2022, premises serving alcohol for consumption on the premises  require table service Face coverings must be worn noting exemptions

From 5:00 a.m. on 24 January 2022

  • Mandatory reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission apply
  • From 1 October 2021, the COVID Certification Scheme introduced the legal requirement for vaccine certificates/ negative test result to be provided in order to access certain settings in Scotland
  • Face coverings must be worn noting exemptions
  • Non-professional indoor contact sports can resume.

Live events

Up to 24 January 2022

  • Mandatory reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission apply
  • From 1 October 2021, the COVID Certification Scheme introduced the legal requirement for vaccine certificates/ negative test result to be provided in order to access certain settings in Scotland
  • Until 24 January 2022, organisers are required to limit the size of live public events to:
    • 100 for indoor standing events; and
    • 200 for indoor seated events
  • Further information on this requirement can be found within the physical distancing and capacity limits in relevant premises and events guidance.
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  • Until 24 January 2022, at least 1 metre physical distancing will apply to indoor events but large outdoor events can resume without physical distancing
  • Face coverings must be worn noting exemptions

Please refer to the Cultural Performances and Events guidance for further information.

From 5:00 a.m. on 24 January 2022

  • Mandatory reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission apply
  • From 1 October 2021, the COVID Certification Scheme introduced the legal requirement for vaccine certificates/ negative test result to be provided in order to access certain settings in Scotland
  • Face coverings must be worn noting exemptions

Please refer to the Cultural Performances and Events guidance for further information.

Cultural venues (including cinemas,

theatres, concert halls, comedy clubs, music venues, and museums and galleries).

Up to 24 January 2022

  • Mandatory reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission apply
  • From 1 October 2021, the COVID Certification Scheme introduced the legal requirement for vaccine certificates/ negative test result to be provided in order to access certain settings in Scotland
  • Until 24 January 2022, organisers are required to limit the size of live public events to:
    • 100 for indoor standing events; and

200 for indoor seated events Further information on this requirement can be found within the physical distancing and capacity limits in relevant premises and events guidance. These capacity requirements do not apply to cinemas.

  • From 27 December 2021 until 24 January 2022, at least 1 metre physical distancing between groups of those attending is required in cultural venues. This includes cinemas, theatres, concert halls, comedy clubs, music venues, and museums and galleries). A maximum of 3 households is recommended within any group attending together
  • From 27 December 2021 until 24 January 2022, premises serving alcohol for consumption on the premises require table service. Venues including cinemas and theatres can continue to serve alcohol at their cafés/bars for consumption in the auditorium provided it is only consumed while seated in the auditorium and there is a queuing system at the café/bar with 1 metre physical distancing between groups
  • Face coverings must be worn noting exemptions

 

Please refer to sector specific:

From 5:00 a.m. on 24 January 2022

  • Mandatory reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission apply
  • From 1 October 2021, the COVID Certification Scheme introduced the legal requirement for vaccine certificates/ negative test result to be provided in order to access certain settings in Scotland
  • Face coverings must be worn noting exemptions

 

Please refer to sector specific:

Weddings, funerals, civil partnerships and other milestone events

Up to 24 January 2022

Weddings, civil partnerships and funerals are not affected by the measures in place until 24 January 2022.

These events, and their associated receptions and gatherings, can go ahead as planned as set out in our guidance on staying safe and protecting others

 

The exemptions for weddings, civil partnerships, funerals and their associated receptions and gatherings do not apply to services provided by venues for other life events such as anniversary celebrations and birthday parties for adults during the period until 24 January 2022

 

Mandatory reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission apply

 

Face coverings mustbe worn noting exemptions

 

From 1 October 2021, the COVID Certification Scheme introduced the legal requirement for vaccine certificates/ negative test result to be provided in order to access certain settings in Scotland

From 5:00 a.m. on 24 January 2022

  • Mandatory reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission apply
  • From 1 October 2021, the COVID Certification Scheme introduced the legal requirement for vaccine certificates/ negative test result to be provided in order to access certain settings in Scotland
  • Face coverings must be worn noting exemptions

Retail, shops and shopping centres

Up to and beyond 24 January 2022

Mandatory reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission apply

Retailers should follow and implement the Scottish Government’s regulations and guidance to ensure the safety of customers and staff. Enhanced mitigations should be put in place, such as:

  • information and communication, such as signs, verbal prompts and markings, to promote protection measures and support customers and staff to behave safely in store;
  • measures to help control the flow of customers and help people keep a safe distance from others particularly at potential pinch-points of congregation like tills, such as through the use of tannoy systems, signs, floor markings, queue management systems and separate entrance and exits;
  • promote, provide and maintain hygiene stations and enhanced cleaning measures throughout stores;
  • promoting the use of face coverings;
  • using screens to create a physical barrier between people, for example at till points and self-service checkouts;
  • maximising fresh air coming into the premises.

A checklist of measures is provided to support retailers consider appropriate measures for their setting.

Amusement arcades

Up to 24 January 2022

  • Mandatory reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission apply
  • From 27 December 2021 until 24 January 2022, at least 1 metre physical distancing between groups is required in indoor leisure facilities like amusement arcades. A maximum of 3 households is recommended within any group attending together
  • Face coverings must be worn noting exemptions.

From 5:00 a.m. on 24 January 2022

  • Mandatory reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission apply
  • Face coverings must be worn noting exemptions.
  • Please refer to the BACTA website for further information.

Betting shops/ bookmakers

Up to 24 January 2022

  • Mandatory reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission apply
  • From 27 December 2021 until 24 January 2022, at least 1 metre physical distancing between groups is required in indoor leisure facilities like betting shops/ bookmakers. A maximum of 3 households is recommended in any group attending together
  • Face coverings must be worn, noting exemptions

From 5:00 a.m. on 24 January 2022

  • Mandatory reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission apply
  • Face coverings must be worn, noting exemptions

A checklist of measures is provided to support retailers consider appropriate measures for their setting.

Bingo halls

 

Up to 24 January 2022

  • Mandatory reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission apply
  • From 27 December 2021 until 24 January 2022, at least 1 metre physical distancing between groups is required in indoor leisure facilities like casinos. A maximum of 3 households is recommended within any group attending together
  • From 27 December 2021 until 24 January 2022, premises serving alcohol for consumption on the premises require table service
  • From 5 January 2022 until 24 January 2022, organisers are required to limit the size of attendees to 200 for indoor bingo halls when conducting live events
  • Face coverings must be worn noting exemptions

From 5:00 a.m. on 24 January 2022

  • Mandatory reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission apply
  • Face coverings must be worn noting exemptions

Casinos

Up to 24 January 2022

  • Mandatory reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission apply
  • From 27 December 2021 until 24 January 2022, at least 1 metre physical distancing between groups is required in indoor leisure facilities like casinos. A maximum of 3 households is recommended within any group attending together
  • From 27 December 2021 until 24 January 2022, premises serving alcohol for consumption on the premises require table service
  • Face coverings must be worn noting exemptions

From 5:00 a.m. on 24 January 2022

  • Mandatory reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission apply
  • Face coverings must be worn noting exemptions

Close contact services (barbers, hairdressers etc.)

Up to 24 January 2022

  • Mandatory reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission apply
  • From 27 December 2021 until 24 January 2022, at least 1 metre physical distancing between groups is required in indoor leisure facilities like spa pools, hydrotherapy facilities, saunas and steam rooms. A maximum of 3 households is recommended within any group attending together.
  • Face coverings must be worn noting exemptions

From 5:00 a.m. on 24 January 2022

  • Mandatory reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission apply
  • Face coverings must be worn noting exemptions

Please refer to close contact sector specific guidance for information.

Tourist accommodation

(hotels, hostels, members clubs, boarding houses and, bed and breakfast accommodation providers)

 

Up to 24 January 2022

Tourist accommodation includes hotels, hostels, members clubs, boarding houses and, bed and breakfast accommodation providers, which have public spaces and multiple households sharing. This does not include self-catering accommodation.

  • Mandatory reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission apply
  • From 27 December 2021 until 24 January 2022, at least 1 metre physical distancing between groups is required in tourist accommodation. A maximum of 3 households is recommended within any group attending together. Business and premises should bear in mind that this may impact their capacity limit. Physical distancing should be implemented in communal areas of tourist accommodation
  • From 27 December until 24 January 2022, premises serving alcohol for consumption in public areas of the premises will require table service. Ordering at a bar is permitted if a queuing system with physical distancing is in place and customers return to their table
  • Licensed tourist accommodation and attractions can choose to not sell alcohol and therefore, not implement table service. Unlicensed premises do not need to implement table service
  • Face coverings must be worn noting exemptions

Please refer to hospitality and tourism sector specific guidance for information.

From 5:00 a.m. on 24 January 2022

  • Mandatory reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission apply
  • Face coverings must be worn noting exemptions

Please refer to hospitality and tourism sector specific guidance for information.

Soft plays

Up to 24 January 2022

  • Mandatory reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission apply
  • From 27 December 2021 until 24 January 2022, at least 1 metre physical distancing between groups is required in indoor leisure facilities like soft play. Children under 12 are excluded from this requirement
  • Face coverings must be worn noting exemptions

From 5:00 a.m. on 24 January 2022

  • Mandatory reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission apply
  • Face coverings must be worn noting exemptions

Workplaces with canteens

Up to 24 January 2022

  • Mandatory reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission apply
  • From 27 December 2021 until 24 January 2022, at least 1 metre physical distancing between groups is required in work canteens
  • Face coverings must be worn noting exemptions.

From 5:00 a.m. on 24 January 2022

  • Mandatory reasonable measures to reduce the risk of transmission apply
  • Face coverings must be worn noting exemptions

Working in other people’s homes

Up to and beyond 24 January 2022

When working in other people’s homes, it is still important to take actions and implement measures to limit the risk of transmission of the virus. This is important for limiting the risk to yourself/your staff, but also the risk to those living in the house where the work is taking place.

The following should be considered by businesses, staff and householders where the work is undertaken:

  • whether work could be delayed until COVID-19 case numbers decrease/ the virus is less prevalent;
  • before entering another person’s home, workers should undertake a LFD test on the day, prior to attendance and only proceed if a negative test result has been obtained;
  • householders should also undertake a LFD test on the day, prior to the visit. We are encouraging householders, particularly those on the High Risk List, to ask people who are working in their home to take an LFD test first; if anyone in the house is self-isolating, staff should not enter unless the work required is essential/an emergency; as with any workplace, risk assessments are important in identifying risks and how they can be controlled. Even if self-employed or an individual contractor, you should undertake a risk assessment for working in someone else’s home that covers COVID-19; staff should wear a face covering, especially when moving through the home or engaging with any of the householders. They may want to ask members of the household to wear a face covering when engaging, though it should be remembered that not everyone is able to wear one; ventilation of the workspace/ home should be maximised to allow circulation of fresh air; workers should try to keep a reasonable distance from individuals in the household; individuals should consider keeping contact details of workers/ householders for a short period after the completion of work, in case needed to contact following confirmation of a positive COVID-19 case; when travelling to/from the work location, consider the relevant guidance.

If you employ individuals who are required to work in other people’s homes, you should continue to work with these individuals, or their representatives, on health and safety matters.

 


Contact

Email: DLECONPSWT@gov.scot

First published: 23 Dec 2021 Last updated: 24 Jan 2022 -