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Coronavirus (COVID-19): creating and maintaining safer workplaces

Guidance for workers and employers on returning to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): creating and maintaining safer workplaces


New guidance for passengers and operators in Scotland has been produced to help prepare for the lifting of some lockdown restrictions. The travel guidance is published as part of the Transport Transition Plan

The guidance advises passengers about how to safely access public transport through good hand hygiene, respecting physical distancing, using face coverings and avoiding busier times.  

It also confirms that face coverings are mandatory on public transport as well as in stations, enclosed ferry terminals and airports.For  further information see

The plan is clear that where people can continue to work from home, they should. It also encourages employers to offer flexible start and finish times for workers. People are also encouraged to walk and cycle more to help ease the number of people accessing public transport.

To suppress the spread of COVID-19 it is essential that, with limited exceptions, there is no travel to or from areas  in protection levels 3 or 4. 

If people don’t abide by the travel guidance set out in the Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on travel and transport there is a risk that the virus will spread to areas where it is less common.

Travel restrictions have been put in place to prevent people who live in a Level 3 or Level 4 local authority area from travelling outside their local authority except for an essential purpose - such as work or caring responsibilities.

The regulations[1] also set out that non-essential travel is prohibited into a Level 3 or 4 local authority area, unless the person travelling has a reasonable excuse to do so.  Examples of reasonable excuses are set out in the regulations and relate to essential reasons as set out in the Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on travel and transport.


[1] The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 were amended by the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 3) Regulations 2020 to include requirements related to travel restrictions.

First published: 15 Dec 2020 Last updated: 4 Mar 2021 -