COVID-19 Update: New Lockdown Measures

COVID-19 Update: New Lockdown Measures

In response to the worrying acceleration in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, new COVID-19 restrictions will take effect across Scotland from midnight on 4th January.

The latest restrictions include a legal Stay at Home requirement, similar to last March’s lockdown.

The additional Level 4 restrictions announced will last for the whole of January (at least) and include:

Everyone asked to Stay at Home except for essential purposes – such as for essential work (e.g. construction), shopping, exercise, childcare etc

Work at home – all businesses to review operations to ensure all who can work from home are doing so.

Outdoor gatherings restricted to 2 people from up to 2 households, from 12 year olds and over.

2 metre distancing in work canteens (currently 1m)

People in shielding category who can’t work from home advised “not to go into work at all”.

Schools will stay closed for majority until 1st February. Only children of key workers can attend. This will be reviewed on 18th January.

Impact on Construction Sector

The Scottish Government will be meeting with business representatives over the coming days to review if any changes are needed to stop the spread of COVID-19 in workplaces and to consider “if more regulatory action is required”.

No changes have been announced in today’s statement that impact on the construction sector, apart from the updated advice that all employees who can work from home should do so and changes to social distancing in work canteens.

We will keep CECA Scotland members updated.

Further Information

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update: First Minister’s statement – Monday 4 January 2021 – (

Coronavirus (COVID-19): stay at home guidance – (

Coronavirus in Scotland – (