Covid-19 update, 24 November 2020

Please note this following information applies to Scotland. The situation is different in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
If you have any queries, please email us on [email protected]

From 2nd November, a new system of Covid Protection Levels (or tiers) for Scotland operates whereby each area of the country is placed into one of these Levels and certain restrictions will apply regarding travel, hospitality businesses, social gatherings, etc.

The Level 4 restrictions (most severe) in many parts of Central Scotland are due to be in place from 20 November to 11 December 2020. See full list of areas by Level.
There are fewer restrictions in parts of the country which are in Levels 1 and 2:
Level 1 - The Highlands, Moray, Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles (Outer Hebrides)
Level 2 - Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Argyll & Bute, Dumfries & Galloway, East Lothian, and the Borders

Travel restrictions now apply to areas of Scotland which are in Levels 3 and 4. This means that people living in Level 3 or Level 4 must not travel outside their own council area, except for certain essential purposes. There should also be no non-essential travel between Scotland and other parts of the UK. Please see the latest Scottish Government information regarding travel within Scotland, within the UK and internationally.

Please be assured that in line with Scottish Government guidance, our B&Bs remain open for business in areas where they are permitted to do so, and they are implementing all the hygiene, cleaning and social distancing measures required to keep guests and B&B owners safe.
From 23 September only one household (or 'extended household') can stay in each room booked at a B&B establishment (or hotel). Please note that B&Bs can have guests staying in more than one room at any given time, but social distancing must be maintained by anyone from separate households.
In addition, people from more than one household (or 'extended household') must not stay in a self-catering unit together while the current restrictions on indoor private gatherings are in place.
From November 2020, please note that any accommodation in Level 3 areas of Scotland should be used for non-essential leisure/tourism purposes only by locals living within their own Local Authority area in order to reduce travel around the country. Accommodation in Level 4 areas is not permitted for tourism purposes.

When you book a stay with one of Scotland's Best B&Bs, the owner can inform you about their Covid policy. This may include arranging a specific check-in time and breakfast time with you. Some of our members are only allowing one household (or extended household) to stay in their establishment at any given time. Simply ask your chosen B&B owner if you require more information about their Covid policy prior to your arrival.


Social gatherings in Scotland
From 23 September 2020, there are restrictions on social gatherings throughout Scotland. This means no more than 6 people from up to 2 households can meet socially in public places such as bars, cafes or restaurants, or outdoors in a park or garden. (Children under 12 are not counted within this limit). From 19 November, the rules in Level 1 allow for 8 people from 3 different households to meet outdoors. Coach trips, guided tours and boat trips are still permitted but please ensure social distancing from other households.

Face coverings in Scotland
It is mandatory to wear a face covering in shops, banks and other enclosed areas such as museums, indoor tourist attractions, cinemas and places of worship.
It is also mandatory to wear a face covering inside bars/restaurants when you are not seated (e.g. when entering/leaving the premises or going to the toilet).
Exemptions apply for children under 5 and for those for whom a covering is inappropriate due to health reasons.
You are also required to wear a face covering on public transport (see below).

Public transport
Please note that it is mandatory to wear a face covering on all public transport (including public areas of bus/train stations and airports) and in taxis. Exemptions apply for children under 5 and for those for whom a covering is inappropriate due to health reasons (see full guidance).
Advance booking of trains and ferries is essential.

Pubs, cafes and restaurants
Face coverings are mandatory when you are not seated (e.g. when entering/leaving the premises or going to the toilet). Table service will be in operation.
No more than 6 people from up to 2 different households should meet together at a time (excluding children under 12).
From 19 November, this changes to 8 people from 3 different households meeting outdoors in Level 1 areas.
Hospitality venues are legally required to collect customers' contact details (name and phone number of the lead person in each household group) in case contact tracing is necessary.
Under the new system of levels in place from November onwards, there are restrictions on closing times for restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars in different areas of Scotland - click here for full details. In Level 4 areas, hospitality venues must remain closed (except for takeaways).

Arriving into the UK
See Scotland's List of 'travel corridor' countries which have exemptions from 14-day quarantine (self-isolating). If you are travelling to Scotland from countries not on this list, you are required to self-isolate in one location for 14 days.
For additional info, see the VisitScotland Travel to Scotland FAQ.

Tourist attractions
Some tourist attractions such as castles and museums have already re-opened with social distancing measures in operation, but please check in advance with any specific places you wish to visit. Many of these attractions may require pre-booking of time slots, and some might not re-open until 2021. Attractions in Level 4 areas must remain closed to the public.

Unfortunately many large events including Highland Games for 2020 have been cancelled. Please check with individual event operators before travelling to attend events.

VisitScotland has a handy list which summarises the current situation and regulations in Scotland.

Scotland is now operating a 'Test and Protect' strategy.
The Protect Scotland app is available to download for free via Apple and Google stores.

For medical advice if you are experiencing any symptoms of Coronavirus, please consult the NHS website.

We look forward to welcoming you to Scotland.

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