Latest coronavirus restrictions in East Lothian

A number of measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 remain in place across Scotland. Everyone has a part to play in complying with these measures and following public health advice to keep ourselves and others safe.

Indoor gatherings

You should not meet others in your home or another person’s home socially - unless they are in your extended household. An extended household is one where two households have joined together to form a single household. An extended household can be formed by a person who lives alone or only with children under 18. They and another household of any size can agree to form an extended household. An extended household can also be formed by a couple who do not live together, and their children. 

Children whose parents do not live in the same household can move between homes.

These restrictions apply to social visits inside houses only. You can go into someone’s house to provide essential care and support such as providing unpaid care, childcare and delivering shopping to a vulnerable person.

Everyone should continue to follow good hygiene, by washing hands regularly.

Outdoor gatherings

You can meet people outside, in your garden or a public space, in groups of up to 6 people from no more than 2 households (not counting under-12s). You should limit as far as possible the total number of households you meet in a day. Stay 2 metres apart from anyone not in your household.

Under-12s do not count towards the maximum number of households or people who can meet outdoors, and do not have to physically distance in gardens or public spaces, such as parks.


Shops across Scotland have been asked to return to two metres physical distancing and reintroduce the arrangements they put in place earlier in the pandemic, including one-way systems.

Staying safe

Those who are able to work from home should continue to do so.

More generally, remember to strictly follow the FACTS advice:

  • Face coverings – wear a face covering in shops and on public transport
  • Avoid crowded places
  • Clean your hands regularly
  • Two metre distance – maintain physical distancing from people outwith your household
  • Self-isolate and book a test if you have symptoms

Additional measures

A number of additional measures are currently in place across a number of health board areas, including NHS Lothian which covers East Lothian.

These are:

  • all licensed premises are required to close - with the exception of takeaway services
  • cafés (unlicensed premises) which don’t have an alcohol licence will be able to open between 6.00am and 6.00pm
  • takeaways (including from pubs and restaurants) can continue
  • evening meals may be served in accommodation for residents only - but no alcohol can be served
  • wedding receptions and wakes in regulated settings such as hospitality venues can take place with a maximum of 20 people
  • no group exercise classes for indoor gyms and sports courts, pools with an exemption for under 18s
  • no adult (18+) contact sports or training, except professional sports, indoor or outdoor
  • no outdoor live events
  • snooker/pool halls, indoor bowling, casinos and bingo halls must close
  • public transport use should be kept to a minimum, and only used for neccessary journeys such as for education and work, if you cannot work or study from home
  • current meeting rules still apply: maximum of six people from two households

Restrictions on licensed premises came into force from 6.00pm on Friday 9 October, with all other restrictions applying from one minute after midnight on Saturday 10 October.

Read the guidance for the Tourism and Hospitality sector on the Scottish Government website

From 6am on Monday 2 November the tier 3 protection level will apply in East Lothian

In summary:

  • no visiting other households - but up to 6 people from a maximum of 2 separate households can meet outdoors or in hospitality settings
  • hotels, B&Bs, self catering, caravan and campsites can remain open - but social distancing applies
  • no non-essential travel into or out of the level 3 area - exemptions for essential travel for work, education, shopping (if it can't be done locally), health, outdoor exercise, weddings and funerals, and transit through restricted areas
  • hospitality – no alcohol permitted for sale by licensed premises indoors or outdoors - food for consumption on the premises is permitted with time restrictions.
  • active travel (walk, run, cycle, wheel) where possible
  • avoid car sharing with people outside extended household wherever possible
  • avoid non-essential use of public transport - face coverings are compulsory on public transport
  • hairdressers, barbers, beauticians and tailors - open, but may be subject to additional protective measures
  • events – are not permitted - and no spectators.
  • weddings/civil partnerships – 20 person limit with receptions permitted, subject to 20 person limit
  • funerals – 20 person limit with wakes permitted, subject to 20 person limit
  • sports and exercise - indoor: individual exercise only (exemption for under 18s) - outdoor: all except adult (18+) contact sports (professional permitted)
  • leisure and entertainment – the following must close: cinemas, soft play, funfairs, amusement arcades, indoor bowling, theatres, snooker/pool halls, music venues, casinos, bingo halls, nightclubs and adult entertainment
  • workplaces – where possible people advised to work from home

Check the current protection level and read the full details of what you can and cannot do on the Scottish Government website.