Parent Club guide to


Stay at home guidance

There are 5 COVID-19 protection levels in place in Scotland. These levels set out measures that can be applied nationally or locally. This new system has been introduced to make it easier for everyone to understand what protective measures are in place in their area. It also means that if your area is moving from one level to another, you’ll know what to expect.

To find out what level you’re in, use the checker here

From midnight on 4 January, if you are currently in a level 4 area, you must stay at home as much as possible, to minimise the risk of spreading the virus. This means you can only leave your home (or garden) for an essential purpose. 

In addition, only 2 people from 2 households can meet outdoors. Children under 12 do not count towards households or numbers when meeting outside.

We realise how very difficult this will be, but it’s vital in order to slow down the spread of the virus. You can read the full stay at home guidance on the website.

There is also new guidance for schools, nurseries and other childcare providers. Our pages on schools and ELC and childcare have more information.

Remember, whatever level you’re in, there are still 5 important things to remember, FACTS :

  • F - wear a face covering
  • A - avoid crowded places
  • C - clean hands and surfaces 
  • T - stay two metres away from other people 
  • S - self-isolate and book a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms.

You can find out more about staying safe during coronavirus here.

Adapting to changing restrictions is difficult, and we know it can be especially hard for parents and their families. But the evidence suggests we all have an important role to play in controlling the virus. By following these new rules, we are helping to protect our family and friends, as well as the wider community.

We’re here to help you during this time, and have lots of tips, info and advice on how the new protection levels affect things like childcare and how many people you and your children can meet up with and where. You can find out more about how the protection levels affect other areas (such as hospitality, travel and health care) on the Scottish Government website. There’s also a useful table showing what you can and can’t do here.