Changes to guidance for phase 2 of Scotland’s route map out of the covid crisis

General News

Today (02 July) the First Minster announced changes to the guidance for Phase 2 of Scotland’s route map out of the covid crisis. This has seen the relaxation of several rules due to changing scientific advice and the current levels of infection.

The main changes taking place during the remainder of Phase 2 for individuals and businesses which are most likely to effect members are as follows:

  • The 5 mile guidance for travel will be relaxed from 03 July (this excludes residents of Annan, Gretna, Dumfries, Lockerbie, Langholm and Canonbie who will see the restriction remain, due to a cluster of infections in that area.)
  • Self-catering and second homes can re-open from 03 July
  • Outdoor Hospitality can re-open from 06 July.

Physical distancing guidance generally remains set at 2 meters. However, this acknowledges some exceptions where this is not possible such as:

  • When using public transport
  • Outdoor hospitality
  • Indoor hospitality
  • Retail settings

The links below provide further detail as well as mitigation examples which can be used for each of these sectors. There are also further changes to distancing guidance which may be of interest to members.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Phase 2: Scotland's route map - physical distancing update

COVID-19 Advisory Group: physical distancing advice

We welcome these changes which will allow businesses to trade and for the public to enjoy more freedom. However as with all guidelines, a degree of common sense is required. We would urge everyone to take care when visiting rural Scotland. Anyone doing so should check parking, toilet facilities and anything else they will need before they set off. It should go without saying everything you take with you should also be taken home to preserve the areas you visit.


The update in full is available to read and listen to on the Scottish Government's website.