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News: Scotland announces five-level system

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said there were 'signs of progress' as she announced a new system to reorganise Scotland's local lockdowns and tackle the coronavirus pandemic. The five-level system of measures to combat COVID-19 takes effect from 2 November.

  • The five levels begin with a Level Zero, comparable to the situation in August. This is the most that restrictions could be relaxed without more effective treatments or a vaccine.
  • Similarly, Level One would be comparable to the situation last month and Level Two is equivalent to the current situation in many parts of Scotland outside the central belt.
  • In addition, Level Three resembles the restrictions in force across the central belt, except with more opportunity for restaurants partially open.
  • Finally, Level Four is a full lockdown with the closure of non-essential shops although households could still meet outdoors and certain businesses would remain open with necessary safety measures.

The levels (0 to 4) are summarised in this document.

While non-essential travel from and to level 3 or higher areas in Scotland and equivalents in the rest of the UK is discouraged, there are exemptions for essential travel for work, education, shopping, weddings, funerals etc.

Private face-to-face teaching indoors can continue provided COVID-19 risk assessments have been undertaken and appropriate risk mitigations implemented including two-metre social distancing, cleaning and ventilation.

Currently, the teaching of singing is not recommended: the guidance for organised activities for children states that online lessons are the recommended position at this time. We would also recommend that the teaching of woodwind and brass continues online as these activities are not permitted in Scottish schools and the guidance for private teaching is unclear. The ISM is seeking clarification from the Scottish Government on this point.

If you are an ISM member, you can seek advice from our legal team on your personal situation by contacting [email protected].