The Scottish Federation of Organists





Coronavirus COVID-19

At the commencement of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis in early 2020 all the Scottish organists' societies affiliated to the SFO cancelled all face-to-face meetings.  Thus, no face-to-face regular or committee/council/trustee meetings are taking place right now.

On 9th March 2021 the Scottish Government announced that places of worship may re-open from Friday 26th March 2021 along similar lines to the opening of summer 2020 with strict precautions but this time limited to 50 people.

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Border Control and Travel:  international travel is presently illegal unless that journey is essential.  Anyone entering Scotland from any country outwith the UK must isolate in a hotel in accordance with Scottish Government regulations and at their own expense.  This situation remains under Scottish Government review.

From Friday 16th April 2021 travel within Scotland is allowed and up to 6 people from 6 household may meet outdoors.  People are permitted to travel across Scotland on day trips but must not stay overnight.

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Level 4 National Lockdown

The entire mainland of Scotland:  Angus,  Argyll & Bute with the exception of Isle of Coll, Isle of Colonsay, Isle of Erraid, Isle of Gometra, Isle of Iona, Isle of Islay, Isle of Jura, Isle of Mull, Isle of Oronsay, Isle of Tiree, and Isle of Ulva, Isle of Skye,  Clackmannanshire,  City of Aberdeen,  City of Dundee,  Aberdeenshire,  East Ayrshire,  East Dunbartonshire,  East Lothian,  East Renfrewshire,  City of Edinburgh, Dumfries & Galloway,  Falkirk,  Fife,  City of Glasgow,  Highland,  Inverclyde,   Midlothian,  Moray, North Ayrshire,  North Lanarkshire,  Perth & Kinross,  Renfrewshire,  Scottish Borders,  South Ayrshire,  South Lanarkshire,  Stirling,  West Dunbartonshire and West Lothian.

A clear, easy to read guide to what we are allowed to do and not do to while we are in lockdown can be viewed by clicking on this link:

https://www.gov.scot/binaries/content/documents/govscot/publications/advice-and-guidance/2021/08/coronavirus-covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/documents/stay-at-home-lockdown-guidance-easy-read-version-january-2021/stay-at-home-lockdown-guidance-easy-read-version-january-2021/govscot%3Adocument/Stay%2Bat%2Bhome%2Bguidance%2B-%2Beasy%2Bread%2Bversion%2B-%2B20%2BJanuary%2B2021.pdf

On 16th March 2021 the Scottish Government announced that over the next months restrictions will start to be gradually relaxed as the COVID-19 pandemic becomes more controlled.  The limited relaxations to the restrictions are planned with a minimum of three weeks between each phase and, if all goes according to plan, a return to geographically variable levels of restriction may be possible from 26th April 2021.

On Friday 24th March the Western Isles moved from Level 4 Lockdown to Level 3.
On Friday 2nd April 2021 (Good Friday) "Stay at Home" requirement became "Stay Local" - remain within your local authority area
On Monday 5th April 2021 (Easter Monday) some minor relaxations to retail, university, sport, and hairdressers were allowed
On Friday 16th April 2021 (10 days earlier than planned) travel within Scotland is allowed and up to 6 people from 6 household may meet outdoors. People are permitted to travel across Scotland on day trips but must not stay overnight.

The Scottish Government plans (subject to the pandemic remaining under control) are:

Monday 26th April 2021 - Mainland Scotland placed in modified Level 3 (Island communities to be consulted on best level for themselves)
Monday 17th May 221 - Mainland Scotland placed in modified Level 2 (Island communities to be consulted on best level for themselves)
early June 2021 - Mainland Scotland placed in modified Level 1 (Island communities to be consulted on best level for themselves)
late June 2021 - Mainland Scotland placed in modified Level 0 (Island communities to be consulted on best level for themselves)

The Scottish Government planned timetable (last updated 4th April 2021) is reproduced below. (Note an alteration to page 1 - from Friday 16th April 2021 travel within Scotland is allowed and up to 6 people from 6 household may meet outdoors.  People are permitted to travel across Scotland on day trips but must not stay overnight.

Level 4

No local authority is technically in Level 4 - almost all Scotland (as above) is in Level 4 National Lockdown.

Level 3:

Orkney,  Shetland, Western Isles and all islands within Highland except Isle of Skye and the following Argyle and Bute islands - Isle of Coll, Isle of Colonsay, Isle of Erraid, Isle of Gometra, Isle of Iona, Isle of Islay, Isle of Jura, Isle of Mull, Isle of Oronsay, Isle of Tiree, and Isle of Ulva.

Level 2:

No local authority is in Level 2.

Level 1:

No local authority is in Level 1.

Level 0:

No local authority is in Level 0.

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Page updated 13th April 2021