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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Phase 3: 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) Phase 3: guidance for the safe use of places of worship
Travelling to/from a place of worship

Travelling to/from a place of worship

The introduction of the Strategic Framework on 2 November 2020 has introduced travel guidance that can be applied locally and nationally.  To suppress the spread of Covid-19 it is essential that, with limited exceptions, there is no travel to or from areas where higher numbers of people may be carrying the virus.  There is a list of limited exemptions from the guidance not to travel into or out Level 3 and 4 Local Authority areas including:

  • if you are a minister of religion or worship leader travel to your place of worship
  • (to or from Level 3 areas, but not Level 4) travel to your normal place of worship

Before travelling to a place of worship, individuals should check whether any local travel restrictions apply and consider whether this travel is necessary.  It is important for everyone’s safety that we all minimise such 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: 7 Jan 2021 -