Coronavirus (COVID-19) Phase 3: Scotland's route map update – 10 September 2020

Update to Scotland's route map setting out further Phase 3 changes, as we transition through and out of the COVID-19 crisis.

This document is part of a collection

Outline of key dates

Note: all of the following changes are subject to relevant public health guidance.

The following have a confirmed date of Monday 14 September:

  • Revised social gathering rules: 6 people from up to 2 households can meet socially. (Under 12s from the 2 households are not counted within this limit). This applies in all locations - for example at home, in hospitality or outdoors in a park or garden. Limited exemptions apply.
  • Attendance limit for weddings, funerals and civil partnerships remains at 20. Receptions and wakes are permitted in regulated settings (e.g. hospitality venues) also with a limit of 20 people. (Social gathering rules apply elsewhere.)
  • Face coverings are mandatory in indoor hospitality venues for staff and customers when not eating and drinking (e.g. when entering a venue). Limited exemptions apply.

The following changes, previously given an indicative date of Monday 14 September, now have a revised indicative date of Monday 5 October:

  • Indoor sports courts - including skating and dance studios - can be used by adults and young people (12+) for contact sports.
  • Indoor soft play can re-open - following guidance (e.g. no ball pools, enhanced hygiene).
  • Certain outdoor live events (e.g. those involving focussed standing) - with physical distancing, enhanced hygiene, and restricted numbers - following guidance.
  • Certain indoor live events (seated and ambulant) - with physical distancing, enhanced hygiene and restricted numbers - following guidance.
  • Other indoor entertainment venues - following guidance with physical distancing requirements (e.g. theatres, music venues). Not nightclubs.
  • Stadia - limited re-opening - following guidance (e.g. physical distancing, restricted numbers) - with option for testing on earlier dates.

The following is subject to work with partners/stakeholders on a limited and phased return plan. Will not proceed before 1 October review.

  • Non-essential offices and call centres can re-open following implementation of relevant guidance (including on physical distancing). Working from home and working flexibly remain the default.

The following must await further review

  • Certain indoor live events ('stationary' e.g standing live concerts) - with physical distancing, enhanced hygiene, and restricted numbers - following guidance. Work will be undertaken with the sector on options for pilot events.

Scaling up of public services

During Phase 3, a range of public services will continue to safely re-open and expand.

Public transport is scaling up to full services during Phase 3 with a move to 1 metre physical distancing, subject to appropriate risk mitigations, releasing further capacity in vehicles and vessels.

Scaling-up health and social care across Phase 3

Services will continue to scale up in line with NHS remobilisation plans.

Measuring the impact of changes

The Equality and Fairer Scotland Impact Assessment (EQFSIA) covering the Route Map is published and will be updated as we progress through the remaining Phases. We will publish other relevant impact assessments in due course.



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