The Scottish Federation of Organists

Coronavirus COVID-19

The information on the various tiers is now so complicated that we advise all readers to consult the Scottish Government postcode checker on for definitive information.

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.  Both the Edinburgh Society of Organists and the Glasgow Society of Organists are planning on-line meetings during early 2021 and the Glasgow Society has structured its syllabus in a way that will allow meetings to be re-configured into face-to-face meetings should the COVID-19 situation allow.  The Stirling and Aberdeen Societies plan face-to-face meetings durng early 2021 but these will almost certainly not take place.

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

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


From 6.00 a.m. on Monday 2nd November 2020 the defined areas of regulations were changed from Health Board Areas to Local Authority Areas.  From that time the Scottish Government's five-tier system of alert levels that allows restrictions to be imposed locally or nationally came into legal force.

For definitive information on your present tier go to the postcode checker on

With effect from 00.01 a.m. on 26th December 2020 until at least 31st January 2021, the whole of Scotland with the exception of Orkney, Shetland and Western Isles is under tightened Level 4 restrictions, in other words lockdown, while Orkney, Shetland and Western Isles are in Level 3.

Within Level 4 it is a legal requirement that everyone should stay at home except for essential purposes such as essential shopping and also work from home where possible.  Meeting socially with other people indoors is totally banned while no more than 2 people from 2 households may meet outdoors.

It is illegal to travel into or out of Scotland and no travel within Scotland is permitted unless the journey is essential.

Level 4

The entire mainland of Scotland:  Angus,  Argyll & Bute with the exception of the islands of Coll, Colonsay, Erraid, Gometra, Iona, Islay, Jura, Mull, Oronsay, Tiree and Ulva but including 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.

Level 3:

Orkney,  Shetland and Western Isles plus the islands of Coll, Colonsay, Erraid, Gometra, Iona, Islay, Jura, Mull, Oronsay, Tiree and Ulva but not Skye.

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.


All non-essential shops are closed.

Schools are to stay closed until at least 31st January 2021.


The Scottish Government's Strategic Framework charts previously available here have been removed as many of the regulations contained in them are no longer correct or relevant.


Page updated 4th January 2021