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Here’s What You Can And Can’t Do In Scotland Under Level 3 Restrictions

Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd Alice Lorenzato-Lloyd - Staff Writer


The new restrictions come into force today.

Last week, Nicola Sturgeon indicated which level each area will initially be placed in from 6am on Monday 2 November as part of the new five-tier plan. Based on those comments, Glasgow, Renfrewshire and the rest of the central belt will begin in Level 3 – which is broadly similar to the measures currently in place. There would be a ban on in-home meetings but pubs, restaurants and cafés will be allowed to open until 6pm for food and non-alcoholic drinks.

Other areas which will join the city of Glasgow and Renfrewshire in Level 3 include Inverclyde, East and West Dunbartonshire, Dundee, East Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire, East Ayrshire, North Ayrshire, Stirling, Falkirk, Clackmannanshire, The City of Edinburgh, Midlothian, West Lothian, North and South Lanarkshire and East Lothian.

After Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a national lockdown in England on Saturday night starting from Thursday 5 November , Nicola Sturgeon has told the Scottish public not to travel to and from England unless for “essential purposes”.

Plus, across all levels of restrictions, the guidance states that face masks or coverings should be worn by adults at all times where they cannot keep two metres from other adults and/or children and young people in primary and secondary schools. However, there are some exceptions in P1-2.

Face masks or coverings should also be worn by parents and other visitors to any school site (whether entering the building or otherwise), including parents at drop-off and pick-up.

What are the rules for Level 3?


The rules are no in-home socialising and a maximum of 6 people from 2 households outdoors and in public places like hospitality.

For hospitality the sale of alcohol will be banned. But all premises can open for food and non alcoholic drinks.

Nicola Sturgeon said they can all open, cafes, restaurants and bars until 6pm under the new restrictions.

Takeaways will be permitted for alcohol and food as they are now.


There should be no non-essential travel into or out of the Level 3 area with exemptions for essential travel for work, education, shopping health etc; outdoor exercise; weddings and funerals; and transit through restricted areas


People should avoid car sharing with people outside extended household wherever possible

  • Avoid non-essential use of public transport.
  • Face coverings will be compulsory

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

  • Open, but may be subject to additional protective measures
  • Mobile close contact services not permitted

Public buildings – e.g. libraries

  • Open

Stadia and events

  • Not permitted / closed to spectators


  • 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 enhanced protective measures in place

Informal childcare

  • Permitted in line with household/numbers restrictions, children only may enter other households


  • Open – with enhanced protective measures in place


  • Restricted blended


  • Restricted blended

Driving lessons

  • Permitted

Sports and exercise

  • Indoor: individual exercise only (exemption for under 18s)
  • Outdoor – all except adult (18+) contact sports (professional permitted)

Leisure and entertainment

  • Closed

Visitor attractions

  • All open or outdoor only open, depending on circumstances

Public services (health following NHS remobilisation plan)

  • Essential face-to-face services only (online where possible)

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

  • Differentiated restrictions apply

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

  • Permitted/online where possible.

Offices and call centres

  • Essential only/working from home

Other workplaces

  • Open – working from home default where possible

The rules are subject to change, dependant on the number of cases, and will remain under constant review by officials. For more information, you can see the government’s official guidance here.

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