Issued 12/05/20

The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives.

When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection.

The Scottish Government have introduced three main measures:

  • requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes
  • closing certain business and venues
  • stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public

Every person in Scotland must comply with these measures which were announced on 23 March 2020.

The relevant authorities, including the police, have been given the powers to enforce them – including through fines and dispersing gatherings.

These measures are in force for 6 months in the first instance, unless all, or parts are revoked.

These measures are reviewed at least every 21 days.


You should only leave the house for very limited purposes, for example:

  • for basic necessities, such as food and medicine. Trips must be as infrequent as possible
  • daily exercise, for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household. Exercise can take place outdoors as often as you like, as long you observe physical distancing rules
  • to ensure basic animal welfare needs are met, including taking dogs out when necessary
  • any medical need, including to donate blood, avoid or escape risk of injury or harm, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person
  • travelling for work purposes, but only where you cannot work from home

These measures must be followed by everyone.

These reasons are exceptions - even when doing these activities, you should be minimising time spent outside of the home (except for exercise) and ensuring you are 2 metres apart from anyone outside of your household.