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Operating within Coronavirus (COVID-19): Scotland's Strategic Framework


This page contains updates on the latest restrictions from the Scottish Government that apply to museums and galleries.  

Please continue to refer to our other Coronavirus guidance pages for operational advice including financial support, business continuity and caring for collections, at this time.  

Latest updates

6 October 2021 

The Scottish Government have created a sector specific advice card for the museums, galleries and heritage sector. A copy can be downloaded from the website.  

1 September 2021 

With new cases in Scotland having more than doubled during the last week, the Scottish Government has asked all sectors to ensure they are taking all possible steps to reduce the spread of the virus.

This means taking all possible proactive steps to promote and reinforce the baseline measures, the promotion of advisory precautionary measures and sector specific good practice for the museum sector.

Museums and galleries are still required by law to follow relevant regulations:

  • face coverings must be worn in indoor visitor attractions, except for specific exemptions
  • you should gather contact details for visitors consuming food and drink on the premises for the purposes of track and protect. One of the simplest ways to do this is to use a QR code poster compatible with the Check In Scotland app

The Scottish Government is also urging employers to continue implementing measures which will help us suppress the virus including:

  • support staff to self-isolate if they are asked to do so by the NHS
  • regular lateral flow testing of staff to help break the chains of transmission. Test kits can be ordered for free from the website
  • support staff to work from home, where appropriate, some of the time to reduce the ability of the virus to transmit
  • keep your premises as well ventilated as possible

More detailed guidance for businesses and workplaces is available here.

There is no legal requirement to maintain physical distancing in indoor venues which allows venues to increase their current capacity. However organisations are encouraged to think about how best to use the space available. Where practical and appropriate, this could include the retention of certain measures such as:

  • voluntary limits on maximum capacity where appropriate
  • using the Check In Scotland app
  • manage the inflow/outflow of premises through ongoing use of one-way systems and/or traffic lights systems
  • protective screens
  • table service/apps for ordering
  • electronic ticketing