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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for the safe use of places of worship

Guidance to help places of worship safely re-open for permitted purposes.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for the safe use of places of worship
Travelling to/from a place of worship

Travelling to/from a place of worship

Travel to lead an act of worship or attend your usual place of worship is allowed, including if you need to cross local authority boundaries to attend your usual place of worship.  The travel restrictions which are in place to suppress the spread of COVID-19 let you leave your home in a Level 4 area, and travel between areas in Levels 3 and 4, where you have a “reasonable excuse”. These include travel to: 

  • lead an act of worship
  • attend your usual place of worship

Before travelling to a place of worship, individuals should consider whether this travel is necessary. It is important for everyone’s safety that we all minimise travel as much as possible.

Guidance on how and when to travel within Scotland is available. (The advice on physical distancing in this guidance also applies when travelling to and from a place of worship.)

Face coverings are mandatory on public transport. See advice on how to travel safely and car sharing. This advice is being regularly reviewed and updated.


First published: 18 Sep 2020 Last updated: 9 Apr 2021 -