The First Minister provided a COVID-19 update on 22 June 2021 and confirmed publication of an updated Strategic Framework (June 2021) and that a Review of Physical Distancing has been completed following the accelerated rollout of the vaccination programme. Whilst there is expected to be no immediate change to local protection levels, indicative dates have been provided including all of Scotland moving to Level 0 on 19th July
2021 and out of protection levels (‘Beyond Level 0’) from 9th August 2021.
Although restrictions are expected to be eased it was also confirmed that the protection levels system will remain available should there be a change in circumstances moving forward and therefore the guidance provided within this document will remain in place for protection Levels 0-4. Scottish Government are currently reviewing the baseline measures which are to be retained to mitigate ongoing risks of transmission ‘Beyond Level 0’. Additional Return to Sport & Physical Activity guidance covering ‘Beyond Level 0’ will be provided when this information is available. Where protection levels are applicable organised sporting activities can be undertaken providing all activity is consistent with current Scottish Government guidance on health, physical distancing and hygiene. You will also need to make sure that your club, facility, and participants are made aware of, and can adapt to, changes in guidance at short notice. This is particularly important where changes to travel, physical distancing or local area protection level restrictions are made by Scottish Government at short notice. Information on Scottish Government’s approach to managing COVID-19 is available at Scottish Government: Coronavirus in Scotland.