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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Phase 3: staying safe and protecting others

Rules on staying safe and protecting others to help suppress coronavirus (COVID-19).

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Phase 3: staying safe and protecting others
Gatherings and occasions

Gatherings and occasions

Gatherings inside or outside for social interactions and which include more than one household are still limited except for the following exceptions:

  • where a gathering is outdoors and is of people from up to two households. If someone from one of those households requires a carer, from another household, to assist them for their health and wellbeing, that carer is also permitted to attend.
  • where a gathering is in an indoor public place and is of people from up to two households. If someone from one of those households requires a carer, from another household, to assist them for their health and wellbeing, that carer is also permitted to attend. 
  • where the gathering is for childcare, education or training
  • for a wedding ceremony or civil partnership registration, which can take place outdoors and indoors, such as in a registration office or hospitality venue. Our advice remains that no more than 20 people (including the couple, the witnesses and guests) should attend. From 14 September this limit will also be extended to receptions taking place in a regulated environment, such as a hospitality venue (including a hotel) provided the venue’s capacity allows for appropriate physical distancing.
  • where the gathering is to attend a funeral. We are advising that numbers should be limited to 20, and physical distancing between households must be in place. Depending on a venue’s capacity, it may be that the total number of people able to attend a funeral will be less than 20 people. See: funeral services guidance. From 14 September this limit will also be extended to wakes taking place in a regulated environment, such as a hospitality venue (including a hotel) provided the venue’s capacity allows for appropriate physical distancing.
  • to attend a place of worship, though numbers should be limited to ensure physical distancing of 2 metres can be adhered to at all times where the gathering is for work purposes, or for the provision of voluntary or charitable services - but individuals should try to minimise all meetings and other gatherings in the workplace, and practice physical distancing, hand hygiene and cough etiquette
  • where the gathering is to facilitate a house move
  • to take part in organised activities, indoor or outdoor, for those aged under 18
  • to take part in outdoor organised activities for those aged 18 and over
  • to take part in organised exercise

Other activities where people gather with others for different reasons- e.g. to seek medical attention, to access public services, or to escape illness or harm, are not restricted by these regulations. 

Where an individual household includes more than 6 people, they can continue to meet as a household even if the total number of people exceeds 6.


Contact

Email: covidexitstrategy@gov.scot

First published: 23 Sep 2020 Last updated: 23 Sep 2020 -