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Coronavirus (COVID-19): moving home

Published: 9 Jul 2020
Last updated: 9 Aug 2021 - see all updates

Guidance on housing (sales and rental) in Scotland during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): moving home

We know that COVID-19 is a disease that we will have to manage for some time to come and, to maintain the progress we have made, it will be important that people continue to adhere to some basic legal requirements and good practice.

This guidance contains advice to help people and businesses carry out home moves safely.

Please also make sure you are following the latest guidance and keep up to date with the latest public health advice. Check for updates on the Scottish Government website.

Everyone involved in the process of moving home should follow good hygiene practices including regular handwashing and sanitising, cleaning and ensuring adequate ventilation.

Everyone must continue to follow Test and Protect rules and guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Test and Protect - (

You should stay at home as soon as you become aware of or are notified that you:

  • have symptoms or test positive for COVID-19;
  • live with someone who has symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19; or
  • have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive. 

You should stay at home for 10 days unless your self-isolation is due to close contact and all of the following apply:

  • you have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccination under a UK Government programme;
  • you received your second dose more than two weeks ago;
  • you are asymptomatic; and
  • you return a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test result.

In this case, you should still self-isolate at home while you book the PCR test and wait for the results.  (Note that the vaccination requirements to end self-isolation early do not apply to people aged under 18 years old.)

First published: 9 Jul 2020 Last updated: 9 Aug 2021 -