Last reviewed 19 January 2021

Scotland’s new rules, which came into effect on 00.01 on Saturday 16 January, are expected to stay in place until at least the middle of February.

The restrictions were reviewed on 19 January and it was confirmed that the current lockdown measures will stay in place across mainland Scotland and some island communities until at least the middle of February, the First Minister confirmed.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Both individually and collectively, these additional measures — in further reducing the interactions that allow the virus to spread — will help our essential efforts to suppress it”.

The revised measures are as follows.

Click and collect

Non-essential click and collect retail services will be prohibited in Level 4 areas and further changes will be put in place with regard to how services open for essential purposes operate.

Timeslots will be required for collection and people should not enter a store to collect an item.

Click and Collect services offered by essential retailers can continue but will be suspended across retail other than for:

  • clothing and footwear stores

  • homeware stores

  • garden centres/plant nurseries

  • baby equipment shops

  • electrical goods (including repairs)

  • key cutting and shoe repair shops

  • bookstores.

Takeaway services

Businesses providing takeaway food will also operate on a “non-entry” basis only, meaning customers cannot enter the premises when placing or collecting orders.

Staff will have to operate from a serving hatch or doorway.

Working from home

Working from home arrangements will be strengthened through updated statutory guidance, Ms Sturgeon said.

Working from home should now be the default position for all businesses and services, and only those who cannot do their job from home should be asked to go to the workplace.


Restrictions banning the consumption of alcohol in public places will be introduced. This will mean that buying takeaway drinks and consuming them on the street will not be permitted.

Home maintenance

Current guidance says that, in level four areas, work is only permitted within a private dwelling if it is essential for the upkeep, maintenance and functioning of the household.

This guidance will, the First Minister confirmed, be put into law.

Stay at home

Currently the law in Scotland states that people can only leave home for an essential purpose.

An amendment will make it clear that people “must not leave or remain outside” the home unless it is for an essential purpose.

Ms Sturgeon said: “At this critical and dangerous moment, please: Stay Home. Protect the NHS. Save lives”.

See Coronavirus (Covid-19): stay at home guidance for rules that came into effect in Scotland on 5 January 2021.

No changes to current measures

Restrictions were reviewed on 19 January and it was decided that current lockdown measures will stay in place across mainland Scotland and some island communities until at least the middle of February. Schools across Scotland will also continue to use remote learning until at least that date except in the case of vulnerable children and those of key workers.