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Coronavirus (COVID-19): local protection levels

Published: 19 Jan 2021
Last updated: 2 Mar 2021 - see all updates

Find out the COVID protection level for each local area and get information on what you can and cannot do at each level.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): local protection levels
Protection levels by area

COVID protection levels by area

Mainland Scotland and some islands are in lockdown with guidance to stay at home, except for essential purposes. Some islands will remain at Level 3.  

Our updated Strategic Framework sets out how we’ll gradually and safely move out of lockdown.

Local authority area Protection level
Aberdeen City  Stay at home
Aberdeenshire Stay at home
Angus Stay at home
Argyll and Bute* Stay at home
Clackmannanshire Stay at home
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles)    Stay at home
Dumfries and Galloway Stay at home
Dundee City  Stay at home
East Ayrshire Stay at home
East Dunbartonshire Stay at home
East Lothian Stay at home
East Renfrewshire Stay at home
Edinburgh (City of) Stay at home
Falkirk Stay at home
Fife Stay at home
Glasgow City Stay at home
Highland** Stay at home
Inverclyde Stay at home
Midlothian Stay at home
Moray Stay at home
North Ayrshire Stay at home
North Lanarkshire Stay at home
Orkney Islands Level 3 
Perth and Kinross Stay at home
Renfrewshire Stay at home
Scottish Borders Stay at home
Shetland Islands Level 3 
South Ayrshire Stay at home
South Lanarkshire Stay at home
Stirling Stay at home
West Dunbartonshire Stay at home
West Lothian Stay at home

*the following islands in Argyll and Bute are at level 3: The Isle of Coll, the Isle of Colonsay, the Isle of Erraid, the Isle of Gometra, the Isle of Iona, the Isle of Islay, the Isle of Jura, the Isle of Mull, the Isle of Oronsay, the Isle of Tiree, and the Isle of Ulva.

** all islands in Highland are in level 3, except the Isle of Skye which is at Stay at home.

About the levels

These levels are reviewed weekly. See how we decided which level should apply to each area.

There are different restrictions in EnglandWales and Northern Ireland.



First published: 19 Jan 2021 Last updated: 2 Mar 2021 -