Level two coronavirus restrictions: This is everything you will be able to do if Edinburgh enters Level Two this week

Edinburgh could be moved to Level Two of the regional lockdown system this week after the directors of Public Health Scotland advised the Scottish Government that the city has met all of the criteria.

Monday, 7th December 2020, 9:35 am

Ultimately, the decision to change the Capital’s lockdown level will be taken by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and her Cabinet, in their weekly review of the tiered system on Tuesday morning.

Any change to Edinburgh’s lockdown, which is currently set at Level Three, will then be announced by Ms Sturgeon in an address to the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday afternoon.

If Ministers agree with Public Health Scotland’s assessment, Edinburgh residents could see the following rules come into force by the end of this week.

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Edinburgh could be moved to Level Two of the regional lockdown system this week after the directors of Public Health Scotland advised the Scottish Government that the city has met all of the criteria. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)


All organised outdoor sports, personal training and coaching are permitted in Level Two, provided appropriate safety measures are followed, though amateur indoor sports among those over the age of 18 are not allowed.

Organised exercise (such as exercise classes and non-contact sports) are permitted indoors, however.

Religious services and ceremonies

The number of people able to attend weddings or funerals and their associated events is restricted to 20.

Indoor acts of worship are limited to a maximum of 50 people, providing there is sufficient space to maintain two metre distancing.

Wedding ceremonies, civil partnership registrations and funerals can all take place in a place of worship, registration office or hospitality venue with a maximum number of 20 people (including the couple, the witnesses and guests), as long as space in the venue allows.


In-home socialising is still banned, barring some exceptions including caring for a vulnerable person and for those in extended households.

Outdoor groups in public places are limited to six people from two households.


Indoor hospitality venues must close from 8pm, with last entry at 7pm, and outdoor businesses shut at 10.30pm.

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.

However, you do not need to purchase a main meal to drink alcohol outdoors in Level Two.

The Scottish Government maintains that you should avoid visiting multiple hospitality premises on the same day, as this increases the risk of transmission.

Takeaways can still operate as normal, though face coverings and physical distancing rules must be followed when collecting food.

Leisure and retail

Cinemas, amusement arcades and bingo halls are all allowed to open, with soft play, funfairs, indoor bowling, casinos, theatres, snooker or pool halls, music venues, nightclubs and adult entertainment venues all remaining closed.

Only drive-in events are permitted, with indoor, outdoor and stadium events cancelled.

All retailers can open providing they follow and have implemented Scottish Government guidance to ensure the safety of customers and staff.

Hotels and holiday accommodation

Hotels and other accommodation providers can still serve food to guests staying in their premises until 10pm, and room service, including serving alcohol, is allowed as normal.

All holiday accommodation (such as hotels, B&Bs, self-catering, caravan and camping sites) can stay open.

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