Date: Tuesday, 4th August 2020
Contributor: John Hughes - HQ
Coronavirus Guidance Position
To all bands based in Scotland:
Can I please remind you that at this point, the guidance from the Scottish Government is as follows:
How many people from other households can I meet outdoors?
From 10 July people can meet in groups of up to 15 people outdoors, from up to 5 different households, including your own household. We are still advising people to stick to 2 metre distancing from people in households other than your own. You should not meet with people from any more than 4 different households in total in any single day, whether indoors or outdoors. You must follow physical distancing guidance and hygiene rules. These rules do not apply to children, see specific guidance below.
What about meeting people from other households indoors?
From 10 July limited indoor gatherings will also be permitted. A maximum of 8 people, from up to 3 different households can meet indoors. That comprises the household whose house the gathering is in and people from two additional households. We know that some individual households comprise more than 8 people, but it is nevertheless important to restrict the number of people meeting within enclosed spaces, which is why we are advising that only 8 people should meet at a time. As long as physical distancing between different households is maintained, this can include overnight stays. Individuals from different households are advised to keep 2 metres apart, be careful to clean surfaces if you touch them and wash your hands regularly, including when you enter someone's house. You should not meet with people from any more than 4 different households in total in any single day, whether indoors or outdoors. These rules do not apply to children, see specific guidance below.
What are the rules for children aged 11 and under meeting up?
Children aged 0-11 may meet outdoors with members of up to four households at a time without the children following physical distancing. From 10 July, they can do this as many times a day as they wish. Where adults are accompanying them, the limits on those adults meeting with adults from other households still apply.
From 10 July children can meet up with up two households indoors without physical distancing. Children are not required to be physically distant from adults from other households who are not shielding. It remains the responsibility of the adult to manage their own distancing. Outdoors, children aged 0-11 should not meet in groups larger than 15 people in total at a time and indoors they should not meet in groups larger than eight at a time.
What are the rules for children aged 12 and over meeting up?
Young people aged 12-17 may meet outdoors with up to four other households at a time, and should continue to physically distance from others aged 12 or over. They should not meet in groups larger than 15 people in total at a time. Indoors they can meet with up to 8 people from three households at a time, but there is no limit to the number of overall households that they can meet in one day.
This means that young people should be able to meet, safely, those of their choosing separately from meetings that other members of their household may be having. Where adults are accompanying them, the limits on those adults meeting with adults from other households still apply.
Will mass gatherings be permitted to take place inside or outside?
We expect public mass gatherings will not be permitted for some time - they are included in Phase 4 and will be subject to public health advice at that time.
Bands, please be cognisant of the guidance being given on what you can and cannot do which is published on the Scottish Government website.
If you are based outside Scotland, then please follow the guidance published by your own Government or Government Agencies.
Only by following this guidance can we contain the virus, protect each other, and hopefully move to the next phase where perhaps we can return to some form of normality.
We are working directly with the Scottish Government, and other agencies, to produce specific guidance for music groups, which includes pipe bands, and we will share that guidance as soon as it has been agreed.
Keep safe and well.
John B Hughes
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