Protection Levels in Tayside

Until at least the end of February, enhanced Level 4 restrictions are in place in Tayside and across mainland Scotland.

Under these restrictions, it is only permissible to leave home for an essential purpose. This will include, for example, caring responsibilities, essential shopping, exercise and being part of an extended household.

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.

The clear advice to anyone on the shielding list who cannot work from home is that you should not go into work at all. The Chief Medical Officer is writing to everyone who falls into this category, and his letter will count as a Fit Note for those who need it.

Schools are closed to the majority of pupils (ie all those except vulnerable children and the children of key workers) with home learning in place.

The Scottish Government has announced that full-time early learning and childcare, full-time primary 1-3 in-school learning and part-time attendance for senior phase pupils undertaking practical work could resume from week beginning February 22.

Unlike the lockdown last year, the frequency of outdoor exercise is not being limited. However, under the new restrictions,  a maximum of two people from up to two households will be able to meet outdoors.

Children aged 11 and under will not be counted in that limit, and they will also be able to play outdoors in larger groups, including in organised gatherings. For everyone else – including 12 to 17 year olds - outdoor exercise should only take place in a way which is consistent with the 2 people from 2 households rule.

Strict travel restrictions remain in place across Scotland. If you live in a level 4 area, you cannot leave your home or remain out of your home except for an essential purpose. When you do go out, stay as close to home as possible and stay away from crowded places. No-one is allowed to travel into or out of Scotland unless it is for an essential purpose.

Places of worship are closed for all purposes except broadcasting a service, or conducting a funeral, wedding or civil partnership. Up to 20 people can attend funeral services, but wakes are not possible during January. And a maximum of 5 people are able to attend wedding and civil partnership services.