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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

What you need to know

Stay at home guidance

Guidance and information regarding the new Stay At Home regulations that came into effect on 5 January is available on the Scottish Government website.

To minimise the risk of spreading Coronavirus, people should stay at home as much as possible and only leave for an essential purpose.

Latest updates on public health

The latest updates on public health advice for coronavirus can be found on the NHSInform website and a free helpline has been set up for those who do not have symptoms but are looking for general health advice: 0800 028 2816.

Test and Protect

Further information about the approach to tackling coronavirus in Scotland is available, in a range of community languages on our Test and Protect page.

If you are identified as a close contact of someone with coronavirus you must self-isolate for 10 days.

Wearing of face coverings

Most people must wear a face mask or covering when in retail premises or on public transport.

However, those with certain health conditions or hidden disabilities (as well as children under 5) are exempt from this.

People may have an acceptable reason not to wear a face covering if:

  • They have a health condition where a face covering would be inappropriate because it would cause pain, severe distress or anxiety
  • They cannot apply a covering and wear it in the proper manner safely and consistently
  • They need to take medication
  • They need to communicate with another who relies on lip reading
  • They need to eat or drink
  • They are a child under the age of five

More information about exemptions is available from the Scottish Government website, where you can also download an Exemption from Face Covering Badge for your mobile phone or to print out. 

Council services and advice

View updates and services affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19) below:

Contact details

Coronavirus (COVID-19) hotline

Tel 0345 30 111 00