*Last updated 17:00pm, 21 April 2021
Latest COVID-19 Tourism Advice
Please note: You can find specific sectoral guidance for different areas of tourism by scrolling down this page.
20 April 2021 – Tourism and hospitality sector guidance
Scottish Government has confirmed that Scotland will move to Level 3 restrictions from Monday 26 April. This will mean significant easing of restrictions across retail, hospitality and travel.
From 26 April, hospitality venues such as cafes, pubs and restaurants can reopen, along with tourist accommodation. The First Minister has also confirmed that the remaining travel restrictions within Scotland will be lifted and travel within the UK will be permitted for any purpose.
26 March 2021 – Self-catering Q&A sheet [Updated 21 April 2021]
Our Policy Adviser Gavin Mowat has put together an information sheet of questions and answers for self-catering businesses. Members with any additional questions or who wish to receive more information can contact Gavin directly.
Several organisations, including SLE, have come together to develop a proposed framework for appropriate COVID-19 precautions following lockdown. As the tourism sector begins to reopen, this will be a valuable tool providing SLE members with a set of basic principles for country sports employers, employees and practitioners. These principles build upon current advice for those working in the rural sector. The guidance can also be used to protect workers carrying out other outdoor work such as wildlife management.
Download the Country Sports Framework PDF (updated October 2020)
UK Hospitality – a series of guidelines for businesses in Scotland aimed at supporting the safe reopening of hospitality venues covering; accommodation, coffee shops, food service management, holiday parks, late night, pubs quick-service restaurants and visitor attractions.
Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers (ASSC) – cleaning protocols for self-catering and short term lets.
Campsites, holiday and touring parks:
British Holiday & Home Parks Association (BH&HPA) – health and safety considerations for holiday, touring park and campsite operations in the COVID-19 environment.
The Camping and Caravanning Club - information on some of the measures they are putting in place on their campsites.
UK Hospitality – see relevant section for holiday and touring parks.
Food and drink:
Food Standards Scotland – COVID-19 guidance for food business operators and their employees
UK Hospitality – a series of guidelines for businesses in Scotland aimed at supporting the safe reopening of hospitality venues covering; accommodation, coffee shops, food service management, holiday parks, late night, pubs, quick-service restaurants and visitor attractions.
Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions (ASVA) – latest information and resources for the sector
UK Hospitality – a series of guidelines for businesses in Scotland aimed at supporting the safe reopening of hospitality venues including visitor attractions.
Wild Scotland – COVID-19 guidance for wildlife, adventure and activity operators/businesses.
Outdoor access and national parks:
Outdoor Access Scotland – guidance for the public and land managers to access the outdoors during the current COVID-19 situation.
British Retail Consortium (BRC) – guidance for physical distancing in retail stores and warehouses.
Information related to Country Sports is available here.