COVID UDPATE – 16th March

On the 16th March The Scottish Government published a new Coronavirus (COVID-19): timetable for easing restrictions document.

The key indicative dates most relevant to the sport sector are:

2 APRIL Stay local
Stay at home measures become stay local – people can travel within local authority area for a non-essential purpose.

5 APRIL For 12-17 year olds
Outdoor contact sport can resume.

12 APRIL (or end of Easter holidays) Schools
All pupils go back to school full-time.

26 APRIL (Described as a move to a modified level 3 for mainland Scotland.)

  • Gyms
    Gyms can open for individual exercise (NB: Scottish Government has previously used ‘gyms’ to refer to indoor sports facilities generally).
  • Outdoor gatherings
    For 12 to 17 year olds – up to 6 people from 6 households can socialise outdoors.
    For adults – up to 6 adults from 3 households can socialise outdoors.
  • Domestic travel
    All travel restrictions will be lifted in mainland Scotland.
    Scottish Government will consult with island communities on the need for any continued restrictions in travel to the islands and hopes to lift restrictions on travel to the rest of the UK and Ireland on or soon after 26 April.
  • Accommodation
    Tourist accommodation can open with restrictions in place.
  • Retail & close contact services
    All shops and close contact services can re-open.
  • Hospitality
    Hospitality venues like cafes, pubs and restaurants can open until: 8p.m. indoors (no alcohol) 10p.m. outdoors (alcohol permitted).
    Up to 4 people from 2 households can socialise indoors in a public place such as a café or restaurant.
  • Shielding
    People on the shielding list can return to work; children and young people on the shielding list can return to school or nursery; and students on the shielding list can return to college or university.
  • Islands
    Possible move from current level 3 restrictions to level 2 restrictions.

 
17 MAY (Described as a move to level 2.)

  • Outdoor sport
    Outdoor adult contact sport can resume.
  • Indoor group exercise
    Indoor group exercise can resume. (NB: This appears to be distinct from indoor non-contact sport. See Early June.)
  • Indoor gatherings
    Up to 4 people from 2 households can socialise indoors in a private home or public space.
  • Hospitality
    Hospitality venues can remain open until: 10:30p.m. indoors (alcohol permitted, 2 hour dwell time) 10:00p.m outdoors (alcohol permitted).
  • Spectator events
    Small-scale outdoor and indoor events can resume subject to capacity constraints.
  • Further & Higher Education
    Universities and colleges can return to a more blended model of learning.

 
EARLY JUNE (Described as a move to level 1.)

  • Indoor non-contact sport
    Indoor non-contact sport can take place.
  • Gatherings
    Up to 6 people from up to 3 households can socialise indoors in a home or public place.
    Up to 8 people from 3 households can socialise outdoors.
    For 12-17 year olds, up to 8 people from 8 households can meet socially outdoors.
  • Hospitality
    Hospitality venues can remain open until 11pm.
  • Events
    Attendance at events can increase in numbers subject to capacity constraints.

 
LATE JUNE (Described as a move to level 0.)

  • Events
    Attendance at events can increase in numbers subject to capacity constraints.
  • Offices
    A phased return of some office staff.

 
Please note that some of the information requires further discussion with the Scottish Government to confirm the exact implications for sport. sportscotland and SGBs are systematically working through this and will issue updated guidance in due course.

Please contact us if you have any further questions or queries.