Scotland's First Minister has proposed a route out of lockdown, which includes some indicative dates to begin easing restrictions across Scotland. These dates are subject to change and will depend on the progress of the vaccination programme, the transmission of the virus and other virus indicators.
While the following dates should act as guidance to prepare for teaching yoga, all restrictions will be kept under review to ensure that they remain proportionate and necessary to address the ongoing public health emergency. As always, you should follow the government guidelines to ensure you are following lockdown legislation.
The key dates for yoga teachers can be found below:
17/05/2021 (Level 2) - This update applies to everywhere in Scotland bar Glasgow who must follow the previous guidelines for Level 3 (26/04/2021) until further notice.
- Organised indoor group yoga classes can begin providing the venue follows Covid-secure guidance.
- Please find our recommendations for teaching yoga classes indoors here.
- Small scale indoor and outdoor events can resume subject to capacity constraints. Outdoor group standing events are limited to 250 people. Small seated indoor events can operate with a maximum of 100 people.
05/06/2021 (Level 1) - The Majority of mainland Scotland will remain in Level 2 until further notice. This includes Edinburgh and Midlothian, Glasgow, Dundee, East Dunbartonshire, Renfrewshire and East Renfrewshire, the three Ayrshire areas, North and South Lanarkshire and Clackmannanshire and Stirling. For those who can move to Level 1 the following rules apply:
- Tourist accommodation can reopen (hotels, B&Bs, Self-Catering etc) in line with government meet guidelines. Bedrooms should be occupied by one household only. Retreats can go ahead under these conditions.
- Outdoor group standing events may operate with a maximum of up to 500 people. Indoor seated events are limited to 200 people.
19/07/2021 (Level 0) - 2m social distancing measures will be dropped to 1m in all indoor and outdoor public settings. 1m distance should be maintained in yoga classes, except when conducting physical adjustments (which should follow the guidance below).
- Close contact services can resume. Face masks must be worn while providing physical contact. Close contact service providers cannot offer any service within the high-risk zone, such as a facial or beard trim or other procedures which requires a customer to remove their face covering.
- Yoga classes of up to 8 people from 4 different households (including the teacher) can take place in a private home. Children under the age of 12 do not count toward this number.
- Kirtan chanting can take place in small groups indoors provided 2 metres distance is maintained between each individual or household. A risk assessment should be carried out to consider any mitigating measures that could be implemented to reduce risk.
- From 04:00 on the 19th of July, travellers who are fully vaccinated through a UK vaccination programme and children arriving into Scotland from Amber List countries will no longer be required to self-isolate and take a day eight test. However, adults and children over 12 will still take tests before travelling and on day two after arrival. Anyone testing positive for or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 will still require to isolate for 10 days.
09/08/2021 (Beyond Level 0) - The majority of lockdown restrictions will be removed.
** The above information was correct at the time of writing. We always recommend that you double-check any guidelines with your local authority/council for up to date information.
- The legal requirement for social distancing and the limitations on gathering will be removed.
- All venues/businesses will lawfully be able to open.
- Venues are still required to collect contact details for Test and Protect, and face coverings should continue to be worn indoors.
- Capacity limits of 2000 people indoors and 5000 people outdoors will remain in place.
- These measures will be reviewed on a three weekly basis.
- The government will continue to provide guidance for businesses to reduce the risk of transmission as much as possible. This includes regular hand washing and rigorous cleaning.
** Visit Gov.scot for the full roadmap document