The Scottish Government has updated its general guidance for businesses and workplaces (including places where voluntary arts groups meet, such as community centres etc) about reducing the risk of COVID-19, and supporting staff and customers. 

This guidance is generic and has been written to replace the large amount of sector-specific guidance previously published earlier in the pandemic.

This new guidance includes details of the precautionary measures still in place, some legal, some advisory, and links to more detailed guidance on, for example, face coverings, test and protect/isolation, ventilation, vaccination and risk assessment.

One of the most important aspects of the guidance for voluntary/amateur groups planning to re-start meeting up in person is this: 'there will no longer be a requirement to physically distance from other people and there will be no limits on the number of people you can meet.'

However, other requirements are still in place, such as face coverings, which are still mandatory in most indoor public places.

To read the current Scottish Government guidance, please visit www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-general-guidance-for-safer-workplaces/

[last updated 16 August 2021]

See details of the guidelines in other nations.