Updated shielding guidance for Scotland

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10 July 2020

On Wednesday 8 July, Scottish Government have announced further modifications to the guidance for those shielding in Scotland. 

From Friday 10 July, Scottish Government advise that those shielding can:

  • Stop physically distancing from the people you live with
  • meet in groups of only eight people, and don’t meet any more than two households each day, and only outdoors
  • If you are visiting another household’s outdoor space, you can use their toilet
  • Travel further than five miles from your house, as far as you want
  • Book places to stay, such as self-catering accommodation, or travel to a second home, provided neither has shared facilities – with your household or extended household
  • Form an extended household – that means, if you’re living alone, or living only with other people who are under 18 years of age, you can join another household. You and the members of that extended household do not need to physically distance from each other, and you can stay the night in each other’s houses if you choose. Households must partner exclusively – you can only form an extended household with one other household and them with you.
  • If there are children in your household who are under 12, they no longer need to physically distance from other children outside, as long as they themselves are not shielding.

It is hoped, that if infection levels stay low, that shielding will be paused from 1 August 2020.

You can read the updated Covid-19 guidance from Scottish Government here.