The latest government and NHS information regarding the new measures in place and resources
Last updated: 03/05/2021
This information includes the current public measures in place, getting the latest updates and more.
Coronavirus (COVID-19): Level 3 guidance
The whole of Scotland is in level 3 from Monday 26 April.
Restrictions have eased and we are now allowed to do more. Even if you’ve had your vaccine you should still follow the FACTS guidelines.
- Shops, cafes, bars, restaurants, holiday accommodation and attractions are opening up again.
- Travel within the UK is now allowed. Please check rules before you leave.
- 6 people from 6 households can now meet outdoors in Scotland. Under 12s do not count towards the number of people meeting outdoors.
- Up to 6 people from 2 households can socialise indoors in a public place such as a café or restaurant.
- Non-essential childcare is allowed.
- Non-essential work in homes is allowed.
- Meeting in other homes is not yet allowed.
- Meeting indoors in non-public places is not yet allowed.
Free lateral flow tests
Free, fast and regular testing for people who do not have symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) is available to everyone in Scotland.
Around 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not show symptoms, so can spread the virus to others without knowing.
Regular testing using lateral flow devices (LFDs), also known as rapid tests, helps us to find positive cases in people who have no symptoms, but who are still infectious. If people who test positive self-isolate, we can break the chain of transmission and limit the spread of COVID-19.
- Order online.
- Collect from your nearest covid-19 test centre.
- If you cannot order online you can call 119.
- If you have symptoms or have been contacted by Track and Trace you must book a PCR test.
- Rapid flow tests are not valid for international travel.
Everyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 should isolate straight away and arrange a test via www.nhsinform.scot or, if you can’t get online, by calling 0800 028 2816.
People who live in the same household as a person with symptoms should also isolate straight away.
It’s very important that you stay at home and self-isolate if you are asked to by the NHS.
Many people will be able to self-isolate effectively with the help of family, friends and neighbours where they need it. However, some of us may not have that sort of help nearby and may find self-isolation especially challenging.
If you’re in that situation, it doesn’t mean you are alone – help is available. To protect yourself and others, please continue to do what the NHS asks and stay at home. You can find advice and information about your health and the virus on NHS Inform.
Download an Isolation note
The NHS have created an online form for people with symptoms of coronavirus, or those who are living with someone with symptoms, which allows you to download an isolation note to give your employer as proof you need to stay off work. This means you don’t need to get a note from your GP or call 111.
Once you have used NHS advice to find out if you have symptoms and need to isolate, fill in the form here to download an isolation note.
You can call the Scottish Government Helpline on 0800 111 4000, or contact via textphone on 0800 111 4114 if you need support to self isolate.
The Self-Isolation Support Grant is a new grant of £500. It will be offered through the existing Scottish Welfare Fund, administered by local authorities in Scotland. Check if you are eligible.
Contact the Lone Parent Helpline for more information.
Are people still being advised to shield?
People who are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus were advised to shield, to minimise the chance of catching the virus. However, shielding was paused altogether from 1 August apart from people shielding were still advised to work from home. Since 26th April, people shielding have been advised they can return to their workplace if safe to do so.
This means that people who were shielding can now follow the same rules as everyone else, provided they feel comfortable doing so. However, to stay safe, it’s important to strictly follow physical distancing and hygiene measures. You can find a guide to how safe different activities here, so you can make an informed decision. You can also get advice on how to stay safe doing different activities here. You can find out more about shielding at the gov.scot website.
Does my child need a COVID-19 test: See Parent Club for information.
Protect Scotland App
The Protect Scotland app from NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect is a free, mobile phone app designed to help us protect each other, reduce the spread of coronavirus and avoid further lockdowns.
The app will alert you if you have been in close contact with another app user who tests positive for coronavirus. And if you test positive, it can help in determining contacts that you may have otherwise missed while keeping your information private and anonymous.
Protect Scotland Video
More information on the mobile app from NHS Scotland's Test and Protect
You may be worried about yourself and your family and how you can look after your health and mental wellbeing at this time. It’s normal to feel stressed, scared, confused and even angry during these times. If you have any of those feelings, try to make sure you only information and advice from credible and reliable sources. Limit the amount of time you spend checking the news and avoid some of the ‘fake news’ stories that are going around.
NHS inform will give you all the advice you need to keep yourself safe and support your wellbeing.
DWP Employment and benefits support
If you are affected by coronavirus or its effect on the economy, there is a wide range of support available. The DWP has regularly updated information about the changes the government has brought in to support people who are already claiming benefits, need to claim benefits, or are at risk of losing their job as a result of coronavirus.
Scottish Government National helpline for those needing support
The service offers help to those who do not have family or existing community support and cannot get online and who are over 70, disabled, require the support of mental health services, are pregnant or receive a flu jab for health reasons. Anyone not in these categories but still looking for support should visit www.readyscotland.org/coronavirus/.
Callers will be automatically connected to their local authority who will support them to access the service they need, such as:
- essential food and medication
- links to local social work services for vulnerable children or adults
- emotional support
- contact with local volunteer groups.
Government launches Coronavirus Information Service on WhatsApp
Get official advice and information about Coronavirus directly from the government. WhatsApp message ‘hi’ to 07860 064422. Alternatively, use this link.
Scottish housing advice
The Scottish Government brought in new rules which extend the notice period needed before a landlord can apply for an eviction order.
This is not a ban on evictions. It just increases the length of time between your landlord formally letting you know they are going to take action, and the case being heard at the court or tribunal.
If you get any notices from your landlord you should seek advice as soon as you can. Even if your landlord has sent you notice, there might still be ways to prevent eviction. Speak to an adviser if you need help.
These new rules apply to cases where the notice was served on or after 7 April 2020 will be in place until at least 31 March 2021.
Scottish Government coronavirus guidance on domestic abuse
The Scottish Government has released guidance that supports the Coronavirus Regulations and is intended to highlight that the reference to escaping a risk of ‘harm’ includes escaping any form of domestic abuse. Therefore, it is a reasonable excuse to leave your home in order to escape domestic abuse.
It is a Scottish Government priority that victims of domestic abuse and gender based violence get the support they need during these challenging times and are kept safe from harm. It has provided resources and links to support services.
Virtual person-centred visiting
During the outbreak of COVID-19, it is unfortunately necessary to restrict hospital visiting. During this time we are providing a Person Centred Virtual Visiting service, where patients who do not have a phone or tablet of their own can use a hospital iPad to video call the people who matter to them. The iPads also have a range of communications support apps for patients who are deaf, hard of hearing or who speak a language other than English.
For more information, please visit here.