COVID-19 Guidance

All COVID-19 rules and restrictions have been lifted in Scotland but the virus has not gone away.

From 1 May, most people no longer need to take a coronavirus test and should follow guidance on staying at home if unwell.

Use 'Covid sense' to help protect yourself and others:

  • get your vaccine when offered to ensure you are fully protected
  • stay at home and rest if you have symptoms
  • open windows when socialising indoors
  • wear a face covering in indoor public places and on public transport
  • wash your hands to protect yourself
  • take an LFD test before visiting someone in a hospital or care home

Testing And Staying At Home

End of self-isolation and testing

There is no longer a requirement to self-isolate or to get a test if you (or a member of your household) have symptoms of COVID-19. The list of COVID-19 symptoms has been expanded and rather than self-isolate, you are asked to stay at home if you have these symptoms.

Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing kits are no longer being made available and PCR testing ended on 30 April. There is therefore no need to take a test if you or a member of your household have COVID-19 symptoms and the regular twice a week testing for households and for attendance at school also ends. Testing remains available to specific groups in order to protect highest risk settings and support clinical care.

The track and trace element of Test and Protect to identify close contacts is also ending and the Protect Scotland App has been disabled. 

Full details of the changes and the guidance in place from Sunday 1 May is available on the COVID-19: Staying at home page of the Scottish Government website.