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Coronavirus (COVID-19): shielding advice and support

Details of shielding advice to help people make informed decisions and access support services during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19): shielding advice and support
Current advice

Current advice

All areas of Scotland that are at level 4 are under lockdown restrictions until at least the end of January 2021. If you are on the shielding list you should not go to work during lockdown, unless you can work from home.

You should also follow the general advice for your local council areas protection level. In addition, you can also choose to follow the extra advice for people at highest risk from coronavirus.

For more information about work and lockdown, including financial support you may be able to get if you cannot work, visit mygov.scot.

Whatever level you are in, you should strictly follow 2 metre physical distancing and hand washing measures. Remember to also wear a face covering in shops, inside hospitality settings and on public transport if you are able to.

You can also choose to follow the extra advice for people at highest risk from coronavirus.

Whatever level you are in, you should strictly follow 2 metre physical distancing and hand washing measures. Remember to also wear a face covering in shops, inside hospitality settings and on public transport if you are able to.

Making informed choices

Different things matter to different people. We want to help you to make informed choices based on your own specific situation. This will help you take back more control over your life while minimising risk.

Our online support includes:

If the infection rate goes up

The infection rate in Scotland may rise as well as fall in the coming months. Small changes will not affect this advice.

We will keep our advice under constant review. We may ask you to take extra steps to stay safe if there is an increase in infection rates that gives us concern. We will let you know by letter and through the text messaging service if this is the case.


First published: 25 Nov 2020 Last updated: 15 Jan 2021 -