As Scotland have moved into Phases 2 and 3 of Scotland's route map the Scottish Government has produced additional guidance for the sectors who are allowed to open.

Hairdressers and Barbers

Hairdressers and barbers re-opened on 15 July.

The guidance also covers services such as beauty salons, spas, indoor photography studios and make-up counters which have been given an indicative opening date of 22 July.

The guidance has been produced in a section of the Retail guidance titled “Close Contacts Services”

Key measures include:

  • physical distancing with marked areas between seats and treatment stations
  • perspex screens installed at workstations, including reception areas if possible
  • bookings by appointment only with times staggered to minimise overlap of clients
  • the retention of customer details for four weeks to share details for Test and Protect if required
  • face coverings mandatory for staff and customers with visors recommended for staff
  • reading materials and refreshments removed other than water on request

Places of worship

Places of worship re-opened for congregational worship and prayer and religious life event ceremonies on 15 July and guidance has been published to help them prepare.

Key measures include:

  • restrictions on capacity so that a safe distance of at least 2 metres can be maintained between individuals from different household groups.
  • No place of worship should admit more than 50 people at any one time, regardless of its size or usual capacity, with a limit of 20 on weddings and funerals
  • the retention of worshippers’ contact details to share for Test and Protect if required
  • no communal prayer books, prayer mats or other shared items
  • faith leaders and those responsible for places of worship must take all reasonable measures to adapt faith-specific rites and rituals to ensure the safety of those present
  • singing, chanting and the playing of wind instruments should be avoided pending further scientific and medical advice on the risks of transmission from such activities

Museums, galleries and heritage sites

Visitor attractions such as museums, galleries and heritage sites re-opened to visitors from 15 July.

As venues start to welcome guests, they are expected to ensure strict physical distancing is in place and for many of these facilities advanced ticketing will be required.


Photo credit: adorn hairdressers