Following the Scottish Government regulations, which came into effect on 5 January 2021, all holiday accommodations in mainland Scotland (Level 4) are closed to tourism until 25 April 2021.
Revised guidance relating to COVID-19 and the easing of restrictions across Scotland was announced by the First Minister on 14 April 2021.
Starting 26 April, tourist accommodations can re-open. All guests visiting self-catering accommodations (including overnight stays) will be required to follow the rules for private dwellings defined by the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 guidance
Under this guidance, in-home socialising will continue to be prohibited due to transmission concerns with the new variants and will remain under review.
- Restrictions on travel within mainland Scotland are to be lifted starting on 16 April.
- Restrictions on travel to and from England and Wales are expected to be lifted on 26 April. Northern Ireland is due to review its restrictions soon. Travel restrictions to and from other parts of the common travel area – including the Republic of Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands – will also be kept under review.
- All of Scotland, now including islands, will now move from Level 4 to Level 3 on 26th April and all travel restrictions within Scotland lifted.
- International travel to Scotland remains unconfirmed.
Beginning 17 May, four guests from two households can stay overnight in self-catering accommodations.
- Children 12 years and under do not factor into the guest count.
The Scottish Government has set out the strategic framework of protection levels and what you can and cannot do here.
- The outline timetable is:-
- Level 3 on 26th April 2021 (with local travel and outdoor socialising restrictions across Scotland eased from 16 April)
- Level 2 from 17th May
- Level 1 from early June
- Level 0 from late June
- Further easing of restrictions in the summer
For more information, visit the Scottish Government’s COVID-19 webpage at gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/.