Orkney in Tier 1 #Covid19 Update

As numbers of positive cases of Covid19 continue to be recorded in Orkney, now at 33 in total, it has been confirmed that the islands will be placed in the Tier 1 level of restrictions in Scotland starting on Monday.

Scotland has 5 tiers from 0 – 4 with 0 being what we are all aiming at reaching and 4 being where we don’t ever want to be.

So what does Tier 1 mean?


  • Up to 6 people from 2 groups able to socialise outdoors. (different rules apply to children)

Holiday Accommodation etc

  • Hotels, B&Bs, Self-catering, Caravan and Camp Sites can be open with socialising rules applied


  • No non-essential travel to/from level 3 or higher areas in Scotland and equivalents in rest of UK
  • Exemptions for essential travel for work, education, shopping, health etc; outdoor exercise; weddings and funerals; and transit through restricted areas
  • International quarantine regulations apply
  • Otherwise unrestricted
  • Active travel (walk, run, cycle, wheel) where possible
  • Avoid car sharing with people outside extended household wherever possible
  • Face coverings compulsory on public transport

Shops, Retail, Business

  • Shopping is open – with face covering to be worn
  • Hairdressers, barbers, tailors and beauticians – open
  • Public buildings like libraries – open
  • Driving lessons – permitted
  • Pubs etc – sales of alcohol indoors and outdoors permitted but with limited hours
  • Food – cafes, restaurants etc – permitted but with time restrictions


  • Outdoor events seated and open space permitted (restricted numbers)
  • Outdoor grouped standing events not permitted
  • Small seated indoor events permitted
  • Stadia – open with restricted numbers

Worship, Ceremonies

  • Places of worship open with numbers restricted to 50
  • Weddings/civil partnerships – 20 person limit
  • Funerals – 20 person limit
  • Wakes and receptions permitted, subject to 20 person limit


  • Early Learning and Child Care – open with standard protective measure in place
  • Informal childcare (for instance with grandparents) permitted  in line with household/numbers restrictions


  • Schools open with standard protective measures in place.
  • Colleges and Universities – blended learning


  • Sports and exercise – permitted except 18+ indoor contact sports (professional permitted).

Leisure and Entertainment

  • Leisure and entertainment open -with the exception of adult entertainment and nightclubs (unless permitted events)
  • Visitor attractions – open
  • Children’s activities (incl. youth clubs, children’s groups) – permitted

Health and Wellbeing

  • Public health services – open
  • Support services for mental health, counselling, day services, respite care – permitted


  • Offices and Call Centres – Essential only – Working From Home where possible
  • Other workplaces – Working From Home where possible

For those shielding – advice is being updated.

You can find more information on all the tiers and the Local Authority areas in Scotland here: Coronavirus (Covid19): protection levels by area.

Today’s stats for Scotland, 29th October 2020, are as follows:

  • 1,128 new cases of COVID-19 reported
  • 37 new reported death(s) of people who have tested positive
  • 86 people were in intensive care yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19
  • 1,152 people were in hospital yesterday with recently confirmed COVID-19
  • 18,097 new tests for COVID-19 that reported results – 7.1% of these were positive

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  1. Didn’t Nicola say that the socialising rules in tier 1 (6 from 2 different households) are not yet to apply but will be reviewed in due course?

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