“Festive” Covid Update

“Festive” Covid Update

The First Minister has announced major chances to Scotland’s COVID-19 restrictions over the coming weeks. This is in response to growing concern across the UK about a new COVID-19 variant, which appears to be spreading quickly and is up to 70% more transmissible.

In summary:
In line with changes also announced by Boris Johnson, the five day relaxation of restrictions over the festive period has been cancelled. The only window in which indoor household gatherings will be permitted under the Xmas COVID rules, will be on Xmas Day, between 00.01am and midnight.

Strict travel restrictions will remain in place over the festive period, with the exception of Xmas Day.

Virtually all of Scotland will be place in Level 4 restrictions for 3 weeks from Boxing Day. Only Orkney, Shetland, the Western Isles and other island communities where restrictions have recently been reduced are excluded – these areas will move to Level 3 instead.

In Level 4, all non-essential shops, hairdressers, hospitality, gyms etc will close from Boxing Day for 3 weeks.

Schools holidays will be extended until 11th January for most young people, with the first week back being via Blended Learning. Staff and the children of key workers or in vulnerable families will return on 5th January)

Please note that even in Level 4, the construction sector is able to continue work and not impacted by travel or stay at home restrictions

We will circulate the full Scottish Government guidance on Monday.

Read the updated guidance here:

New guidance issued for the festive period – (

Read more about Level 4 measures: level-4-measures