When we move beyond level 0 and therefore out of the levels framework, almost all COVID restrictions will be removed for businesses and individuals. This will mean that all businesses can reopen and can operate without restrictions on physical distancing. For example this will also mean that weddings can take place with dancing and singing and mingling as before the pandemic.
From the indicative date of 9th of August, there will be no household / number caps and physical distancing requirements will also be removed. This will mean that tourist accommodation will be able to operate on a more ‘business as normal basis’ albeit with appropriate hygiene and ventilation measures.
Please note that these dates are indicative and are dependent on the necessary conditions on vaccination and harm reduction being met.
We will however have to live with the virus for some time to come, so we will be asking people to stick to a set of baseline measures to stop the virus resurging and to protect those who do not have protection from vaccination. The baseline measures which we currently expect to retain beyond Level 0 include:
There are also likely to be targeted restrictions on overseas travel beyond Level 0. However, we will keep restrictions in place only for as long as necessary to respond to the threat of importation. These restrictions are reviewed regularly and will be relaxed when it is safe to do so.
Scottish Government colleagues will work with business organisations and sector teams to ensure effective guidance is in place and further detail provided on baseline measures prior to our move beyond level 0.
What is happening with Physical Distancing
Who can share a bedroom in tourist accommodation?
From 19 July, with the move to level zero, different households are permitted to share a bedroom – although this will be dependent upon capacity and appropriate bed spaces within rooms.
In shared bedrooms within indoor public settings it should be possible for different households (or extended households) to maintain a physical distance of 1 metre from each other and they are expected to do so. If it is not possible for this distance to be maintained then separate bedrooms are recommended.
In self-catered or other unregulated accommodation, in-house socialising rules apply, while in public spaces within regulated (staffed) tourist accommodation, the rules about socialising in an indoors public place apply. Please see indoor socialising rules specified for each level for public/private places.
What socialising rules apply in tourist accommodation?
While you do not need to physically distance from family and friends in a private home or outdoors, your gathering should maintain at least 1 metre distance from all others.
In indoor public settings a distance of 1 metre distance from all other households should be maintained.
If a large room or dormitory room (e.g. within a hostel or other similar venue) is being occupied by members of a number of separate households (or extended households), whilst keeping within the 10/4 indoor socialising rule, then it should be possible for each separate household (or extended household) to maintain a physical distance of at least 1 metre from each other household (or extended household), and they are expected to do so, as a 1m physical distance is required from other households (or extended households) in all indoor public settings. Please note that this also extends to communal rooms such as kitchens, lounges and dining rooms as well as shared bedrooms.