On 4 January 2021, the Scottish Government announced the introduction of further restrictions for Level 4 in order to curtail the spread of the new COVID-19 virus strain. There is a clear message to stay at home and only go out for essential purposes.

The full breakdown of restrictions can be found on the Scottish Government website.

Some Scottish islands remain at Level 3 and will continue to follow that guidance.  Mainland Scotland is at Level 4 and will now have to follow enhanced guidance including;

1. Household rules now apply to all activity (no sports bubble at Level 4) i.e. 2 people from a maximum of 2 households only. Sport can continue but it will be for a maximum of 2 people playing together unless under 12 years as they do not count towards the total (so more can take part).

2.Coaching will be restricted to 2 people (including the coach) for those 12 years or over.  Under 12s do not count towards the number so a coach can take larger groups of u12s.

3. Travel is restricted (as previously) but with ‘stay at home’ the key message and this has been put into law from midnight on 4 January 2020. There are however exemptions for sport, exercise and recreation and participants can still travel up to 5 miles from the boundary of a LA to take part in informal exercise such as walking, running, golf or cycling as long they abide by the rules on meeting other households noted above e.g. 2 adults from maximum of 2 households.

4. Performance/professional sport retains its exemptions at Level 4 although this is subject to local operators opening facilities based on their risk assessments.

5. Indoor facilities are to remain closed at Level 4 (other than performance facilities as above).

Changes within our Level 4 guidance have been highlighted in bold for clarity. Please ensure that you have reviewed the latest Scottish Government guidance if planning to take part in informal or organised rides during this period.

Full Protection Levels Framework document including these updates can be found here.