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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).

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

Staying safe

Suppressing the virus will continue to rely on people following essential hygiene measures and physical distancing.

You can leave your home for any purpose. But before leaving your home you should plan how you will keep safe and minimise risk to yourself and others.

We want people to be safe. We are not advising that people who have already booked holiday accommodation in October need to cancel.

More generally, please think about whether you need to travel, especially if you live in or would be travelling to, or through, the Central Belt. The Scottish Government is asking people within the Central Belt areas to think carefully about whether they need to travel outside their local health board area and, where that is necessary, to plan to do so safely.

Things to consider:

  • whether and how you will avoid touching surfaces that others have touched and how you will practise good hygiene
  • where physical distancing might be more difficult to follow, and how you will avoid or reduce the risk
  • what additional things you may need to take with you, such as hand sanitiser, a bag for used tissues and a face covering

Bear in mind that some people – for example those with sight loss, autism, learning disabilities, dementia or other communication or mobility needs - may find physical distancing rules more difficult to follow than others and may not be able to keep 2 metres away from others, such as those relying on a guide dog or another person for guide support.

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First published: 19 Oct 2020 Last updated: 19 Oct 2020 -