Why Dumfries & Galloway Has Been Placed Into Level 2 Of New Covid Restrictions

Each area in Scotland has been allocated a COVID protection level. There are 5 protection levels. The Scottish Government have issued a document that sets out which level, as described in Scotland’s Strategic Framework, will apply in each local authority area in Scotland from Monday 2 November 2020 . It also summarises the reasons underlying the
decision for each local authority area. 

This new system (sometimes referred to as ‘tiers’) will be introduced from 2 November.

Find out what you can and cannot do if you live, work or travel in each local COVID protection level area.

The government  will shortly have a postcode checker here to help you confirm your local area. You can also check your local council on GOV.UK

Reasons given why Dumfries and Galloway has been put under Level 2 are :-

Consideration was given to whether Dumfries and
Galloway should be allocated to level zero. The
value of indicator (a) at 71 cases per 100,000 and
indicator (b) at 4.03% positivity it was judged to
demonstrate a relatively significant level of
transmission of the virus. On that basis level zero
was judged inappropriate.

Consideration was given to whether Dumfries and
Galloway should be allocated to level 1. Along with
the indicators it was also recognised that surrounding
areas with significantly higher prevalence presented a
serious risk. It was acknowledged that Dumfries and
Galloway had dealt very well with previous outbreaks
and had formed effective relationships including with
neighbouring NHS services in England. However, the
evidence of continued transmission was not judged to
justify allocation to level 1, and modelling of the
coming period indicator (c) suggests level 1 could
well be insufficient.

No evidence was identified that gave cause to
consider allocation of levels 3 or 4 at this time.
Measures being taken with the likely further positive
impact of recent national measures were deemed
sufficient to allocate Dumfries and Galloway to level 2.


Find out how we decided which areas should be in each level.

COVID-19 Protection Level: 2

Socialising (different rules apply for children, further guidance will be issued shortly)

  • no in-home socialising
  • 6/2 outdoors and in public places, e.g. hospitality settings i.e. max 6 people from 2 households

Hospitality (food and drink)

Hospitality (alcohol on sale outdoors)

  • permitted – time restrictions may apply

Hospitality (alcohol on sale indoors)

  • permitted with main meal – time restrictions may apply

Hospitality (food for consumption on premises

  • permitted – time restrictions may apply


  • takeaways permitted for alcohol and food as per existing arrangements

Accommodation (hotels, B&Bs, self-catering, caravan and camp sites)

  • open – socialising and hospitality rules apply


  • 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.


  • open

Close contact services (e.g. hairdressers, barbers, tailors and beauticians)

  • open
  • mobile close contact services not permitted

Public buildings – e.g. libraries

  • open (with protective measures)

Stadia and events

  • events not permitted/closed
  • drive in events permitted
  • stadia closed to spectators


  • open – restricted numbers (50)

Life events (weddings, and civil partnerships, funerals) ceremonies and receptions/wakes

  • weddings/civil partnerships – 20 person limit
  • funerals – 20 person limit
  • wakes and receptions permitted, subject to 20 person limit

Early learning and childcare (ELC)(formal childcare)

  • open – with enhanced protective measures in place

Informal childcare

  • permitted in line with household/numbers restrictions, children only may enter other households


  • open – with enhanced protective measures in place


  • blended


  • blended

Driving lessons

  • permitted

Sports and exercise

  • all permitted except 18+ indoor contact sports (professional permitted)

Leisure and entertainment

  • cinemas, amusement arcades open.
  • following closed: soft play, funfairs, indoor bowling, theatres, snooker/pool halls, music venues, casinos, bingo halls, nightclubs and adult entertainment

Visitor attractions

  • open

Public services (health following NHS remobilisation plan)

  • open but reduced face-to-face services.

Unregulated children’s activities (incl. youth clubs, children’s groups)

  • differentiated restrictions apply

Support services (mental health, counselling, day services, respite care)

  • permitted

Offices and call centres

  • essential only/working from home

Other workplaces

  • open – working from home default where possible


This is advice, consider which level of protection is right for you.

All levels: We will not ask you to distance from people within your own homes or to stop taking outdoor exercise

Level 2 shielding

  • Contact with others: reduce the number of people or households you have face to face contact with
  • Avoid: one metre zones
  • Shopping: strictly follow the guidelines when shopping
  • If you cannot work from home:Following a workplace risk assessment, your employer should make the necessary adjustments to your workplace to protect you. You can discuss getting a fit note with your GP or clinician if you still feel unsafe.
  • School/ formal childcare: follow the level advice to the general population

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