Covid Christmas Restrictions in Scotland

The planned easing of covid restrictions around Christmas will be limited to Christmas Day itself, and not the previous 5 day window that was planned.

Legal household limits will still apply – a maximum of 8 people from 3 households – however advice is to minimise the numbers.

Where possible, people should celebrate the festive period at home in their own household and meet with others outdoors.

Other than for specific exemptions, travel between Scotland and the rest of the UK will not be legal.

Travel within Scotland will be allowed on Christmas Day.

From Boxing Day, all of mainland Scotland will have Level 4 restrictions applied, including the closure of non-essential retail and hospitality.

From Boxing Day, in line with existing law, travel across local authority boundaries between areas in Level 3 or 4 will not be legal other than for specific exempt purposes.

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