Safe trading guidance

On 21 May 2020, Scottish Government published Scotland's route map out of the Coronavirus crisis which describes each phase of easing the lockdown.


The Scottish Government's route map indicates the conditions under which businesses can start to open again. Parliamentary announcements will be made when each phase is reached and what this means for the public and people in business.

The Scottish Government has also published guidance for specific sectors which is updated regularly. This sits alongside, and will be consistent with, the UK Government's Working Safely during Coronavirus publications.  Scottish Government published further advice on what you can and cannot do on 6 June 2020.

Advice and enforcement of the COVID-19 legislative powers is shared between the Council, Police Scotland and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Phase 1 of the route map was reached on 28 May and this led to some minor easements of the lockdown, including the permitted opening of garden centres and plant nurseries. The Horticultural Trades Association has published guidance for safe trading in this sector.  Drive though takeaways are now permitted to open and Food Standards Scotland has produced guidance for food business operators and their employees to help them trade safely now or when the time is right.

Guide to re-opening over the rest of Phase 2 and early Phase 3

The following link takes you to the full Scottish Government Route Map.

Some of this detail is shown below.

Physical Distancing

The default position on physical distancing through the remainder of Phase 2 and Phase 3 will remain as 2 metres.

The Scottish Government at present, consider the following sectors and settings appropriate for exceptions to the 2 metres rule. As noted, this is not a blanket exemption for each sector; individual settings must implement agreed mitigations to qualify for the exception:

  • Public Transport
  • Outdoor hospitality
  • Indoor hospitality
  • Retail (including personal retail services)

Further information on this is available at. and physical distancing update.

Face Coverings

It is now mandatory to wear a face covering on public transport and from the 10 July in retail premises.

Phase 2

Monday 29 June

Indoor (non-office) workplaces resumed once relevant guidance is implemented.

  • Includes: factories, warehouses, labs and research facilities.
  • Excludes: indoor workplaces due to open in Phase 3 (e.g. non-essential offices and call-centres).


  • Street-access retail can re-open once guidance is implemented. Interiors of shopping centres/malls remain closed for non-essential shops until Phase 3.
  • Outdoor markets can re-open once guidance is implemented.
  • Relaxation on restrictions on housing moves.
  • Outdoor sports courts can re-open.
  • Playgrounds can re-open.
  • Registration offices open for high priority tasks.
  • Marriages & civil partnerships allowed with minimal attendees - outdoors only.
  • Zoos and garden attractions can open.

3 July

  • Travel distance restriction are relaxed for the majority of Dumfries and Galloway, however due to confirmed cases of Covid 19 the following areas are asked at this time to stick to the 5 Miles travel restriction Annan, Gretna, Dumfries, Lockerbie, Langholm and Canonbie.
  • Self-catering accommodation and second homes (without shared facilities) permitted

6 July

  • Outdoor hospitality (subject to physical distancing rules and public health advice)

Phase 3 - Indicative Dates. Advice on dates at 9 July Review

13 July

  • Organised outdoor contact sports can resume for children and young people (subject to guidance)
  • All dental practices begin to see registered patients for non-aerosol routine care. Work will begin to return aerosol generating procedures to practice safely
  • Increasing capacity within community optometry practices for emergency and essential eye care
  • Non-essential shops inside shopping centres can re-open (following guidance and with physical distancing)

15 July

  • All holiday accommodation permitted (following relevant guidance)
  • Indoor hospitality (subject to physical distancing rules and public health advice)
  • Hairdressers and barbers - with enhanced hygiene measures
  • Museums, galleries, cinemas, monuments, libraries - with physical distancing and other measures (e.g. ticketing in advance)
  • All childcare providers can open subject to individual provider arrangements

Phase 3 - Advice on dates at 9 July Review (unlikely to be before 23 July)

  • Non-essential offices and call centres can re-open following implementation of relevant guidance (including on physical distancing). Working from home and working flexibly remain the default

Following will be subject to further public health advice:

  • Live events (outdoors) - with physical distancing and restricted numbers.
  • Live events (indoors) - with physical distancing and restricted numbers.
  • Indoor gyms - with physical distancing.
  • Other personal retail services - with enhanced hygiene measures.
  • Other indoor entertainment venues (e.g. nightclubs, bingo, theatres, music venues)

Useful links

Further advice

The Council is responsible for retail, wholesale distribution and warehousing, hotel and catering premises, offices, and the consumer/leisure industries. Police Scotland will refer all complaints and enquiries of this nature to the council unless an urgent response is required outside normal working hours. If you need advice on the steps you need to take to ensure you are safe to open the please contact or call 01387 245918.

HSE is the regulator for other premises including manufacturing, construction, waste and sites subject to major hazards legislation.