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Navigating Covid-19 Restrictions

Lost in the maze?

This is an older news story, posted 03/05/2021, and is out of date now. Please check for the latest update via our Covid-19 status page.
This article was updated on 12/05/2021 to reflect changes to in-house socialising in Level 2 restrictions.
People. Households. Indoors. Outdoors. Public places. Private houses. All very confusing, innit?

A I write, the Crieff Cloverleaf is open and free travel is allowed between Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Do you live in one of these places, and are you planning some motorcycle touring in Scotland this season? If so, here are our current rules of thumb for navigating Covid-19 restrictions.

If you’re touring on your own or with your live-in partner:

  • No particular complications, lucky you!

If you’re touring with a mate from a different household:

  • B&B/Hotel accommodation is fine but you’ll need separate bedrooms (no twin-share).
  • Self-catering accommodation should be ok from 17th May, but again you’ll need separate bedrooms.

If you’re touring in a group:

  • Note that only people from the same household can share a bedroom.
  • Note that self-catering accommodation has stricter occupancy limits than B&Bs and hotels.
  • Note that you may not all be able to eat/socialise together indoors during your trip.
  • If your group is bigger than 6, plan to visit from 17th May at the earliest.
  • If your group is bigger than 8, plan to visit from 6th June at the earliest.
  • If your group is bigger than 12, plan to visit from July at the earliest.
  • If your group is bigger than 15, maybe leave it until next year!

(Note that none of the dates and restrictions we mention above are set in stone, but they do reflect the current aspirations of the Scottish Government. Fingers crossed!)

If you need more information, the table below distills the latest Scottish Government guidance relating to ride-outs, meals and accommodation. You get much (much, much) more detail in the full Coronavirus Protection Levels Guidance.

Please note: We strive to provide correct and up-to-date information about Covid-19 restrictions in Scotland. However, in accordance with our disclaimer, we cannot guarantee its accuracy. Also, the rules may become more restrictive than expected if the coronavirus situation worsens as the season progresses.


Date/Level Details
Level 3
26th April – 16th May
Outdoor limits (e.g. during rest-stops on ride-outs):
* Maximum of 6 people from up to 6 households

Indoor limits (e.g. at restaurant dinner or hotel breakfast):
* Maximum 6 people from up to 2 households may socialise indoors in a public place.
* No socialising in private dwellings.

Self-catering accommodation limits (private, no staff):
* Can be occupied by single households only – no sharing with other households

Shared rooms in tourist accommodation:
* People from different households should not share rooms

Level 2
17th May – 6th June
POSSIBLY EXCLUDING MORAY REGION
Outdoor limits (e.g. during breaks on ride-outs):
* Maximum of 8 people from up to 8 households

Indoor limits (e.g. at restaurant dinner or hotel breakfast):
* Maximum 6 people from up to 3 households may socialise indoors in a public place.
* Maximum of 4 people 6 people from up to 2 households 3 households may socialise in a private dwelling (overnight stays allowed). [Change announced 11/05/21]

Self-catering accommodation limits (private, no staff):
* Maximum occupancy of 4 people from up to 2 households

Shared rooms in tourist accommodation:
* People from different households should not share rooms

Level 1
6th June – late June
Outdoor limits (e.g. during breaks on ride-outs):
* Maximum of 12 people from up to 12 households

Indoor limitss (e.g. at restaurant dinner or hotel breakfast):
* Maximum 8 people from up to 3 households may socialise indoors in a public place.
* Maximum of 6 people from up to 3 households may socialise in a private dwelling (overnight stays allowed).

Self-catering accommodation limits (private, no staff):
* Maximum occupancy of 6 people from up to 3 households

Shared rooms in tourist accommodation:
* People from different households should not share rooms

Level 0
Late June onwards
Outdoor limits (e.g. during breaks on ride-outs):
* Maximum of 15 people from up to 15 households

Indoor limits (e.g. at restaurant dinner or hotel breakfast):
* Maximum 10 people from up to 4 households may socialise indoors in a public place.
* Maximum of 8 people from up to 4 households may socialise in a private dwelling (overnight stays allowed).

Self-catering accommodation limits (private, no staff):
* Maximum occupancy of 8 people from up to 4 households

Shared rooms in tourist accommodation:
* People from different households should not share rooms

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