Level 1

COVID-19 Protection Level: 1

Socialising (different rules apply for children, further guidance will be issued shortly)

  • 6/2 indoors (at times, depending on circumstances, we may need to stop indoor socialising in Level 1 in an area) i.e. max 6 people from 2 households
  • 6/2 outdoors

Hospitality (food and drink)

Hospitality (alcohol on sale outdoors)

  • permitted – time restrictions may apply

Hospitality (alcohol on sale indoors)

  • permitted – time restrictions may apply

Hospitality (food for consumption on premises)

  • permitted – time restrictions may apply


  • takeaways permitted for alcohol and food as per existing arrangements

Accommodation (hotels, B&Bs, self-catering, caravan and camp sites)

  • open – socialising rules apply


  • no non-essential travel to/from level 3 or higher areas in Scotland and equivalents in rest of UK.
  • exemptions for essential travel for work, education, shopping, health etc; outdoor exercise; weddings and funerals; and transit through restricted areas
  • international quarantine regulations apply
  • otherwise unrestricted


  • active travel (walk, run, cycle, wheel) where possible
  • avoid car sharing with people outside extended household wherever possible
  • face coverings compulsory on public transport


  • open

Close contact services (e.g. hairdressers, barbers, tailors and beauticians)

  • open
  • mobile close contact services permitted

Public buildings – e.g. libraries

  • open

Stadia and events

  • outdoor events seated and open space permitted (restricted numbers)
  • outdoor grouped standing events not permitted
  • small seated indoor events permitted
  • stadia – open with restricted numbers


  • open – restricted numbers (50)

Life events (weddings, and civil partnerships, funerals) ceremonies and receptions/wakes

  • weddings/civil partnerships – 20 person limit
  • funerals – 20 person limit
  • wakes and receptions permitted, subject to 20 person limit.

Early learning and childcare (ELC)(formal childcare)

  • open – with standard protective measures in place

Informal childcare

  • permitted in line with household/numbers restrictions


  • open – with standard protective measures in place


  • blended


  • blended

Driving lessons

  • permitted

Sports and exercise

  • all permitted except age 18+ indoor contact sports (professional permitted).

Leisure and entertainment

  • open with the exception of adult entertainment and nightclubs (unless permitted events).

Visitor attractions

  • open

Public services (health following NHS remobilisation plan)

  • open

Unregulated children’s activities (incl. youth clubs, children’s groups)

  • permitted

Support services (mental health, counselling, day services, respite care)

  • permitted

Offices and call centres

  • essential only/working from home 

Other workplaces

  • open – working from home  default where possible


This is advice, consider which level of protection is right for you.

All levels: We will not ask you to distance from people within your own homes or to stop taking outdoor exercise.

Level 1 shielding

  • Contact with others: follow the level advice to the general population
  • Shopping: strictly follow the guidelines when shopping
  • If you cannot work from home: following a workplace risk assessment, your employer should make the necessary adjustments to your workplace to protect you. You can discuss getting a fit note with your GP or clinician if you still feel unsafe.
  • School/formal childcare: follow the level advice to the general population