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.

From midnight on Monday 4th January 2021 places of worship are closed except for broadcasting, funerals and weddings.

On 23rd February 2021 the Scottish Government announced that it is possible but not guaranteed that places of worship may be allowed to re-open from Monday 5th April 2021 along similar lines to the opening of summer 2020 with strict precautions and limited to 20 people.  (It was also hinted that the re-opening may be allowed a few days before this to accomodate Easter services)

Funerals, weddings and civil partnership ceremonies are presently permitted in church with only small attendances allowed - please consult with your own church authorities.  Note that receptions and wakes are not permitted.

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Border Control and Travel:  it is illegal to travel into or out of Scotland and no travel within Scotland is permitted 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.

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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, West Lothian and Western Isles.

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 23rd February 2021 the Scottish Government announced that from now on limited relaxations to the restrictions are planned with a minimum of three weeks between each phase and that, if all goes according to plan, a return to geographically variable levels of restriction may be possible by 26th April 2021.  This would put summer 2021 broadly like summer 2020 but with some alterations to the various level regulations.  See the diagram below.

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, 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 23rd February 2021