Latest coronavirus restrictions - level 2

On Monday November 2 a new five-tier system of restrictions was introduced across each of Scotland's local authority areas. Levels (0-4) are based on the prevalence of the virus. This is reviewed regularly.

Following a review by the Scottish Government on December 8 Aberdeen remains in Level 2, however this will be closely monitored and may change ahead of the next national government review which is to take place on December 15.

Aberdeen City Council aims to revise its COVID-19 web pages as quickly as possible in response to government updates. 

Level 2 restrictions

Hospitality Premises 

  • Restaurants, cafes, pubs, and bars can open indoors for the consumption of food and non-alcoholic drinks.  Alcoholic drinks can only be served with the purchase of a main meal.  Last entry is 19:00 and all venues must be closed and all customers off the premises by 20:00.  The hospitality sector should follow: sector guidance for tourism and hospitality
  • Restaurants, cafes, pubs, and bars can open outdoors for the consumption of food and alcoholic drinks.  Last entry is 21:30 and all venues must be closed and all customers off the premises by 22:30. Any outdoor structures, such as marquees, must have at least 50% of their sides open.  
  • Customers must provide their contact details in case contact tracers need to reach them. They must wear face coverings while moving around and when not eating or drinking. Customer-facing staff must also wear face coverings, and there must only be table service. 
  • Takeaways services (including those from pubs and restaurants) can continue to operate.  
  • The existing rules which state that a maximum of six people from two households can meet in hospitality venues, either indoors or outdoors still apply. 
  • Hotels and other accommodation providers can still serve food to guests staying in their premises up to 22:00.  Room service, including alcohol, is allowed as normal. 
  • Alcohol can still be served inside at wedding receptions and funerals (indoor hospitality must close at 20:00). These events are limited to a maximum of 20 people. 

Shops and Travel

  • Shops including those providing close contact services such as hairdressers, barbers, tailors, and beauticians remain open. Mobile hairdressers and barbers can operate. Other mobile close contact services are not permitted.  
  • Shops must require two metre physical distancing rules. They must limit the number of customers inside their premises to ensure this distance can be maintained and take measures to control queues outside of their premises. 
  • Face coverings are compulsory in shops and on buses, trains, planes, and taxis. 
  • From Friday 20 November the travel guidance that has been in place in recent weeks will become law. People living in Aberdeen must not travel to level 3 or level 4 areas, except for essential purposes, and there must be no non-essential travel between Scotland and other parts of the UK.

Inside people’s homes 

  • You should not meet people in your home or another person’s home socially unless you have formed an extended household. 
  • These rules apply to children. 
  • Children whose parents do not live in the same household can move between homes, as can non-cohabiting couples. 
  • Limited exemptions apply including for childcare and tradespeople 

Private gardens or public outdoors spaces 

  • A maximum of six people from two households can meet in outdoor spaces. 
  • You should limit as far as possible the total number of households you meet in a day. 
  • Under 12s do not count towards the maximum number of households or the number of people who can meet outdoors. Under-12s do not have to physically distance. 
  • A maximum of six 12 to 17-year-olds can meet in outdoor spaces, with no household limit. Physical distancing is still required 

Indoors in public spaces 

  • A maximum of six people from two households can meet in public indoor spaces such as cafes, pubs, and restaurants. 
  • Children under 12 from those two households do not count towards the limits. 


  • You should continue to work from home where practicable 


For information on shielding under these level 2 restrictions please visit our Shielding Page.

Car sharing 

You should only car share with members of your own, or extended, household, and follow guidance when there is no alternative. 

The Scottish Government has issued guidance on what you can and cannot do under the level 2 restrictions.  


The Scottish Government has issued guidance for the festive period from 23 to 27 December inclusive. There are relaxations regarding meeting other households and the travel restrictions, however, the remaining Level 2 restrictions will still apply. 

The government is recommending that the safest way to spend Christmas and the festive period is to stay within your own household, in your own home and your own local area. 

In Scotland Christmas bubbles – up to three households, can only gather in a private home, outdoors, or at a place of worship. They will not be allowed to visit pubs, restaurants or go to shops together and staying in tourist accommodation as a group is not allowed.  

FACTS Advice 

F - Face coverings in enclosed spaces. Shops, public transport or anywhere else inside that physical distancing might be more difficult.  

A - Avoid all crowded places. Indoors and outdoors.   

C - Clean your hands and hard surfaces regularly.  

T - Two metre distancing remains the overall advice.   

S - Self isolate and book a test if you have any of the symptoms of COVID.

FACTS video with BSL 

The Protect Scotland App 

The Protect Scotland app is now available. The Scottish Government is urging all smartphone users across Scotland to download NHS Scotland’s new contact tracing app to help suppress the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). It lets people know if they have been in close contact with someone who later tests positive. It can be downloaded for free onto a smart phone from Apple's App Store or Google Play.  

Supported by a dedicated Protect Scotland website, the app is an extra tool complementing existing person-to-person contact tracing which remains the main component of NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect system.  

What role does Aberdeen City Council have to play?   

The focus of Aberdeen City Council’s Trading Standards and Environmental Health officers will be on providing information on restrictions for those businesses that cannot yet open and providing enforcement measures and information on new measures for those that can.  

The Council is the main regulator for retail, wholesale distribution and warehousing, hotel and catering premises, offices, and the consumer/leisure industries. 

The council has enforcement powers under new legislation which has been made to introduce these temporary restrictions to help reduce the spread of the virus. 

The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Local Levels) (Scotland) Regulations come into force on Monday, 2 November.

More information can be found on the Trading Standards & Environmental Health information for business page and the information for hospitality businesses page.

Police Scotland also have enforcement powers under these regulations which include the issuing of fixed penalty notices to businesses and the public.  They strive to engage with the public to explain the legislation and guidance and encourage compliance. They will use enforcement as a last resort only where there is a clear breach of the legislation.   

If you have any concerns about people gathering in public, house parties, or people not wearing face coverings in shops and on public transport, please contact Police Scotland on 101.  

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is the regulator for premises including manufacturing, construction, waste and sites subject to major hazards legislation. Enquiries about working safely to protect people from COVID-19 at work can be raised with HSE.

You may contact us if you have any questions 

If you want advice on what you can or cannot do please contact us using our online form;


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