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COVID-19 Information for Visitors to Moray Speyside

If you are a visitor looking for COVID-19 information for Moray Speyside, this page will help.

Please check The Scottish Government Website for up to date information before you travel.


Current COVID-19 Status in Moray Speyside

UPDATED 1ST JUNE 2021

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that as of 00:01 on Saturday 5th June 2021, Moray will move to Scottish Government Level One.

UPDATED 21ST MAY 2021

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that as of midnight on Friday 21st May 2021, Moray will move to Scottish Government Level Two.


COVID-19 Restrictions Level Guide

a small group enjoying a beer at Windswept Brewery
Windswept Brewery Tap Room

What you can do at Level 1

  • you can meet socially in groups:
    • of up to 6 people from 3 households in your home or theirs – and can stay overnight
    • of up to 8 people from 3 households in an indoor public place like a café, pub or restaurant
    • of up to 12 people from 12 households outdoors in your garden or a public place
  • under 12s do not count towards the total number of people or households meeting outside but do count towards the number of households indoors
  • you do not need to physically distance from family and friends in a private home
  • you can travel anywhere in Scotland in Levels 0, 1 or 2 but must not enter a Level 3 or 4 area unless for a permitted reason
  • you can travel anywhere in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands – before you travel you must check the travel rules in those countries
  • you can provide informal childcare, for example to look after a grandchild
  • up to 100 people can attend weddings and funerals
  • tradespeople can carry out any work and repairs in your home such as painting, decorating or repairing
  • you should work from home where possible

What can open at Level 1

Places and business that can open at Level 1 include:

  • cafés, pubs and restaurants
  • all shops and stores
  • all close contact services including hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons
  • gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools
  • tourist accommodation
  • all visitor attractions
  • all public buildings like libraries and community centres
  • all entertainment (apart from nightclubs and adult entertainment)
  • stadiums and events – with maximum numbers

What must close at Level 1

Places and business that must close at Level 1 include:

  • nightclubs and adult entertainment

What you can do at Level 2:

  • you can meet socially in groups of up to:
    • 6 people from 3 households in your home or theirs – and can stay overnight
    • 6 people from 3 households in an indoor public place like a café, pub or restaurant
    • 8 people from 8 households outdoors
  • under 12s do not count towards the total number of people or households meeting outside but do count towards household numbers indoors
  • you do not need to physically distance from family and friends in a private home
  • you can travel anywhere in Scotland in Levels 0, 1 or 2 but must not enter a Level 3 or 4 area unless you have a permitted reason like going to work or caring for a vulnerable person
  • you can travel to England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands – before you travel you must check the travel rules in those countries
  • you can provide informal childcare, for example to look after a grandchild
  • up to 50 people can attend weddings and funerals
  • tradespeople can carry out any work in your home such as painting, decorating or repairing
  • you should work from home where possible

Places and business that can open at Level 2 include:

  • cafés, pubs and restaurants
  • all shops and stores
  • all close contact services including hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons
  • gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools
  • tourist accommodation
  • visitor attractions
  • public buildings like libraries and community centres
  • cinemas, theatres, concert halls, amusement arcades, casinos, bingo halls, bowling alleys and snooker/pool halls
  • stadiums and events – with maximum numbers

What must close at Level 2

  • soft play, funfairs, nightclubs and adult entertainment

If everyone continues to follow the rules and infection rates continue to drop, it is anticipated that all of Scotland will move through the levels on the following dates:

  • 17 May – Level 2 (Moray from Friday 21 May at midnight)
  • 7 June – Level 1
  • Late June – Level 0

See full details of what you can do at each level on the Scottish Government Website

Click here to view the projected Levels Timetable


Important Information to Remember

  • Wear a face covering on public transport, in shops, tourist attractions, cinemas and pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés, when not at your table.
  • Avoid crowed areas.
  • Pay by contactless card where possible – most businesses prefer not to take cash right now.
  • If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, self-isolate and follow the advice from the Scottish Government.
  • Take advantage of food and drink businesses offering delivery and collection.
  • Maintain a 2 metre distance from anyone outside your household, unless in hospitality where a 1 metre distance is allowed.
  • Download the Moray Speyside Check & Protect App

FAQ

Can I travel around Moray Speyside and the rest of Scotland?

Yes. From Friday 16 April, you can travel to see people, exercise or to explore. You can see up to six people from six households outdoors only (not including children under 12). Click here to see our guide on travel around Moray Speyside.

Can I stay overnight on a short break?

Yes. From Monday 26 April you can travel around Scotland and stay overnight.

Until then although you will be able to visit family and friends, you cannot stay overnight outwith your own council area. This includes camping and travelling by motorhome.

Can I visit Scotland from the rest of the UK?

Yes. From Monday 26 April you can travel to Scotland from England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

Can I visit Scotland from abroad?

No – not at present – why not follow us on Instagram and be inspired by our lovely area whilst you wait to come back.

What are the current limits on group sizes?

From Monday 26 April, you can book an overnight stay in accommodation. You should have one room or property per household.

You can meet people outdoors or enjoy outdoor hospitality – this is limited to six people from six households.

You can also meet people indoors for food & drink, but this is limited to six people from two households.

Remember FACTS

  • Face coverings in enclosed spaces
  • Avoid crowded places
  • Clean your hands and surfaces regularly
  • Two-metre social distancing
  • Self-isolate and book a test if you develop coronavirus symptoms  

How are businesses are preparing for reopening?

We’ll be asking businesses to say “We’re Open” so you’re able to search our site and see what’s available for your trip. Just use our search facility which is automatically set to show We’re Open businesses.

The UK’s Tourism agencies have introduced a new scheme – Good to Go – where businesses can sign up to indicate that they employ a wide range of measures to minimise the risk of COVID-19.

The Good to Go scheme is now part of the global Safe Travels stamp so it’s even more reassurance for our international visitors when they return.

Find out more on Good to Go.


What to expect in shops, bars and restaurants

Due to coronavirus visiting shops and hospitality will be different from what we were all used to. Please follow the appropriate government guidance to ensure that you minimise the risk of catching, or transmitting, COVID-19.


  • Shop local
  • Be patient
  • Wear a face covering unless you are exempt.
  • Travel in as small a group as possible. 
  • Shop on your own, or if you are with children,  have caring responsibilities or disabilities, which can be un-seen, shop in as small a group as possible.
  • Avoid crowded business and areas
  • Be polite and behave
  • Always observe physical distancing, keeping either 2 metres, or in hospitality premises operating within the exemption, 1 metre from the next person, unless from the same household or a carer.
  • Always follow Scottish Government advice on travelling and visiting services provided by the tourism and hospitality sector – see Transport Scotland for current transport advice.