Coronavirus (COVID-19): A note from Francis

A Note From Francis re. Covid-19


I’m sure that you are just as capable as I of finding the current Scottish Government guidance on Covid-19.

Nonetheless, I attach an abstract of the present situation and the route map taken from the Scot Gov website for your information / guidance.

The highlights are mine and are added to illustrate that we as a club are looking at the guidance and using it to guide any decisions on Club events / attendance of external events.

I hope this is of some use to you.



Coronavirus (COVID-19):

Scotland’s route map – what you can and cannot do

Published: 14 Jul 2020
Last updated: 28 Jul 2020see all updates

Communications, Ministerial Support and Facilities Directorate

Part of:
Coronavirus in Scotland, Public

Seeing friends and family

How many people from other households can I meet outdoors?

From 10 July people can meet in groups of up to 15 people outdoors, from up to 5 different households, including your own household. We are still advising people to stick to 2 metre distancing from people in households other than your own. You should not meet with people from any more than 4 different households in total in any single day, whether indoors or outdoors. You must follow physical distancing guidance and hygiene rules.

What about meeting people from other households indoors?

From 10 July limited indoor gatherings will also be permitted. A maximum of 8 people, from up to 3 different households can meet indoors. That comprises the household whose house the gathering is in and people from two additional households. We know that some individual households comprise more than 8 people, but it is nevertheless important to restrict the number of people meeting within enclosed spaces, which is why we are advising that only 8 people should meet at a time. As long as physical distancing between different households is maintained, this can include overnight stays. Individuals from different households are advised to keep 2 metres apart, be careful to clean surfaces if you touch them and wash your hands regularly, including when you enter someone’s house. You should not meet with people from any more than 4 different households in total in any single day, whether indoors or outdoors.


The following are indicative dates only – conditional on 20th August review
With effect from Monday 24th August

    • Live events (outdoors) with physical distancing, enhanced hygiene and restricted numbers following relevant guidance


  • Organised outdoor contact sports can resume for all ages, following the guidance of relevant sports bodies
  • Snooker/ pool halls and indoor bowling facilities can re-open – following guidance.
  • Bingo halls can re-open with physical distancing and following guidance
  • Driving lessons can resume – following guidance
  • Amusement arcades and casinos can re-open following guidance including enhanced hygiene.
  • Funfairs – both static and travelling – can re-open subject to relevant guidance.

The following are indicative dates only – conditional on 10th September review
With effect from Monday 14th September

    • Live events (indoors) with physical distancing and restricted numbers – following guidance.


  • Other indoor entertainment venues (e.g. theatres, live music/concert venues) following guidance such as with physical distancing requirements. Note that this does not include nightclubs – we are unable to give a date for re-opening nightclubs at present, but we will engage with the sector and consider further at the next review.
  • Gyms (indoor) can re-open following relevant guidance including on physical distancing and enhanced hygiene. We will keep this under review to consider whether an earlier re-opening date is feasible.
  • Swimming pools (indoor) can re-open following relevant guidance. We will keep this under review to consider whether an earlier re-opening date is feasible.
  • Indoor sport courts can re-open with physical distancing and subject to relevant guidance, including skating and dance studios. We will review whether indoor classes for children can resume earlier or an earlier re-opening date is feasible.
  • Indoor soft play facilities can re-open following guidance, including enhanced hygiene.
  • Stadia (limited re-opening) – following guidance (e.g. physical distancing, restricted numbers) with tests for safe re-opening possible at earlier dates where agreed with the Scottish Government.

Not before 11 September – awaiting further review.

  • Non-essential offices and call centres can re-open following implementation of relevant guidance (including on physical distancing). Working from home and working flexibly remain the default

Scaling up of public services

During Phase 3, a range of public services will continue to safely re-open and expand.

Public transport continues to scale up to full services during Phase 3 with a move to 1 metre physical distancing, subject to appropriate risk mitigations, releasing further capacity in vehicles and vessels.

Scaling-up health and social care across Phase 3

Services will continue to scale up in line with NHS remobilisation plans.

Measuring the impact of changes

The Equality and Fairer Scotland Impact Assessment (EQFSIA) covering the Route Map is published and will be updated as we progress through the remaining Phases. We will publish other relevant impact assessments in due course.



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