The Scottish Government has announced that some lockdown restrictions are being eased ahead of schedule.
As of Friday 16th April, “travel within Scotland for outdoor socialising, recreation and exercise will be allowed”.
Additionally, if all continues to go well, from Monday 26th April “non-essential travel between Scotland, England and Wales will be permitted”.
Here’s our interpretation of what these changes mean for the Crieff Cloverleaf.
What this means for bikers in SCOTLAND
As of Friday 16th April 2021, it’s allowed to “travel within Scotland” for outdoor recreation. However, you can’t stay overnight anywhere outside of your local council area.
Based on this, we believe that from the 16th April it’s ok for a Scottish biker to get out and ride any of the Crieff Cloverleaf routes, as long as they come back home at the end of the day. (You should be allowed to stay outside your local area from the 26th April, when tourist accommodation opens again).
Also from the 16th April, up to 6 adults from up to 6 households are allowed to meet up outdoors. Therefore it should be ok to have an organised ride-out in a group of up to six Scotland residents in total (including pillions, not just riders). You’ll need to stay outdoors though, as indoor mixing between households is still off-limits.
Note that you can travel for “outdoor recreation”, but activities like non-essential shopping should still be confined to your local council area. (But hey, we’re guessing you weren’t planning to interrupt your ride to buy new shoes or mantelpiece ornaments anyway…)
What this means for bikers in the COMMON TRAVEL AREA (the rest of the UK and Ireland)
As of Monday 26th April 2021, tourist accommodation can open and Scotland will be accepting visitors from England and Wales. (Unfortunately, we don’t know yet when visitors from the island of Ireland will be free to visit.)
Therefore, as of 26th April, it should be possible for England and Wales residents to book holiday accommodation in Crieff, and to ride the Crieff Cloverleaf routes.
We don’t yet know how many people will be allowed to meet up outdoors, so it’s best to assume a limit of 6 people for group trips, for the time being.
Restaurants and cafes will be allowed to open from the 26th, but with various restrictions still in place. Group meals indoors may not be possible just yet, and capacity may be limited. On the upside, takeaways will be allowed to resume normal service.
There may still be some “socialising restrictions” in place affecting accommodation providers. In particular, a group of people from multiple different households might not be able to share a single self-catering property just yet. We’ll let you know when we know more about the Level 3 restrictions coming in on 26th April.
If you’re planning your visit, don’t forget about our free RoomLink service to help you find biker-friendly accommodation!
What this means for bikers in THE REST OF THE WORLD
At the moment, Scotland is not allowing recreational visits from other parts of the world, and even essential visits require a stay in hotel quarantine. There is no timetable for when this will change. We’ll let you know when we hear more.
What’s afoot next?
All regions of Scotland are anticipated to move from Level 4 to Level 3 on 26th April. Apart from the changes mentioned above, we’re still awaiting clarification on what the new rules for Level 3 are.
All going well, all regions of Scotland should move to Level 2 restrictions on 17th May, to Level 1 in early June, and to Level 0 in late June. This timetable may change, or localised restrictions may be imposed temporarily, if the Covid-19 situation deteriorates or there are local outbreaks.
We’ll do our best to keep you informed about changes that affect visiting riders. You can keep an eye on things yourself via the Scottish Government’s main Covid-19 page.
Stay safe, stay chilled and shiny side up, everyone!