Find out changes to our services and advice in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

What you need to know

Coronavirus vaccinations

More than 4.5 million people in Scotland will receive Coronavirus vaccinations.

In Perth and Kinross, vaccinations are being delivered through GP surgeries and through three Community Vaccination Centres in Perth, Blairgowrie and Pitlochry.

Please visit our vaccinations page for more information or vaccination volunteers page to find out how you can help deliver the vaccination programme.

For more information about eligibility and the invitation process, please visit the NHS Tayside website.

Further relaxation of restrictions from Monday 26 April

From Monday 26 April 2021, there will be a further relaxation of restrictions as mainland Scotland moves to Level 3. The key changes are as follows:

  • Hospitality venues such as cafés, pubs and restaurants can reopen, along with tourist accommodation. Alongside this, cafés, pubs and restaurants can resume full outdoor service, subject to local licensing, and serve food indoors without alcohol until 8.00pm
  • Non-essential retail outlets and close contact services such as beauty salons can also reopen, in addition to indoor attractions and public buildings such as galleries, museums and libraries
  • Adults on the shielding list can return to their workplace, if they cannot work from home
  • Children who have been shielding can return to school
  • Non-essential work inside people's homes (painting, decorating, repairs) is permitted, subject to mitigations
  • Non-essential informal childcare can resume
  • Driving lessons and tests can take place
  • Gyms and swimming pools can reopen for individual exercise
  • Attendance limits for funerals, weddings and related events such as receptions will increase to 50 - Unfortunately, due to the two metre recommended distancing guidelines and the subsequent risk assessment, it has been established the maximum number of mourners who can attend a funeral service at Perth Crematorium will be increased to 30 family and friends.
  • Takeaways can resume normal service, with physical distancing and use of face coverings in premises

Also from Monday 26 April, the remaining travel restrictions within Scotland will be lifted and travel within the UK will be permitted for any purpose.

Further information on the changes to restrictions is available from the Scottish Government website.

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