Use this page to navigate the guidance on the virus for people in Scotland.
Social distancing rules and guidelines for people and businesses in Scotland are set by the Scottish Government.
The Scottish Government has a 5-level system of COVID-19 protection measures that applies nationally or locally depending on prevalence of the virus across Scotland. You can check the level where you live by using the postcode tool.
- wear a face covering
- avoid crowded places
- clean hands and surfaces regularly
- stay 2m away from other people
- work from home where they can to prevent unnecessary contact that could risk transmission of the virus.
- self-isolate and book a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms (new continuous cough, fever or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste)
- download the Protect Scotland contact tracing app
Individuals and families
Any person who has symptoms of COVID-19 - that is a cough, a temperature or loss of taste or smell - should take immediate steps to book a test.
If this applies to you, please go straight to nhsinform.scot to get a test or, if you can’t go online, call NHS 24 on 0800 028 2816. Don’t wait to see if you feel better before booking a test, and all people in your household should self-isolate.
The Scottish Government has published Vitamin D advice for all age groups.
Staying safe and physical distancing
People living in and visiting Scotland should follow the Scottish Government guidelines for the COVID protection level (tier) for the local area..
Guidance for employees
Guidance for employees includes details about working safely, working from home, childcare, holiday and sick leave, and getting financial help if you are not working or working less.
People travelling to, from, and within Scotland should follow the Scottish Government’s guidance on travel and transport.
The Scottish Government has coronavirus advice for parents on its ParentClub website.
The Ready Scotland website has advice from the Scottish Government on volunteering and how to support others in your community.
Businesses in Scotland may be eligible for support from both the UK and Scottish governments.
Physical distancing for businesses
Business in Scotland should follow the Scottish Government guidelines for the COVID protection level (tier) for their local area.
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme
The UK Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme has been extended until 30 September 2021. The scheme covers every part of the UK.
Support for the self-employed
More than 158,000 self-employed people in Scotland have benefited from £1.1 billion of grants from the UK Government’s Self-Employed Income Support Scheme. There will be a fifth grant covering May 2021 to September 2021.
The grants are taxable income and also subject to National Insurance contributions.
The UK Government has cut VAT for the tourism and hospitality sectors to 5% until 30 September 2021.
A new reduced rate of 12.5% for the tourism and hospitality sectors will then be introduced which will end on 31 March 2022. The scope of the relief will remain unchanged.
UK Government also offers support for businesses struggling to pay tax.
Support for small and medium businesses
Small businesses and employers across the UK who have paid statutory sick pay to staff taking coronavirus-related leave can claim back the money.
Scottish Government support for businesses
Scottish Government coronavirus business support and advice is available at the Find Business Support website.