Coronavirus Advice

Scotland

Road map out of lockdown

A road map out of lockdown in Scotland has been published.

The current ‘stay at home’ restrictions are expected to be lifted from 5 April 2021, at the earliest.

It is also expected that from 26 April 2021, at the earliest, Scotland will return to the geographically variable tier system. It is anticipated that at this stage all of Scotland will fall under Level 3. This means that shooting, as an outdoor sport, would be exempt from socialising restrictions. See the Table below for the tier system.

Advice on current lockdown

Scotland has adopted a 5 tier approach to Coronavirus restrictions. Tiers have been assigned by local authority area and range from 0 – 4. To find out which tier your local authority area is in, click here.  

Travel restrictions for England, Wales and NI remain in place and non-essential travel will continue to be unlawful to and from Scotland and England; to and from Scotland and Wales; and to and from Scotland and Northern Ireland. 

Breaching these travel rules is a criminal offence. Police Scotland have doubled their patrols in the border region between Scotland and England to increase compliance. 

Under the current ‘stay at home’ restrictions all those residing in a tier 4 area should stay at home by law, and may only leave for an essential purpose.

Sport and exercise is deemed to be an essential reason to travel. This means that recreational shooting activity can take place in line with the following conditions:

  • Shooting activity may only take place within the local authority area in which you reside, or within five miles of your local authority area boundary. This means, for example, that someone residing in Angus could go deer stalking in Perth and Kinross, provided they are within 5 miles of the Angus local authority border.        
  • No more than two people from two separate households may participate in shooting activity;
  • There is no limit to the number of people participating in shooting activity if all participants are from the same household or extended household. 

In light of the stringent socialising conditions BASC does not consider that group shooting activities should take place.

Essential pest control is considered an essential purpose to travel. Essential pest control could include: essential bird and mammal pest control to protect crops or livestock such as the shooting and trapping of pest bird species under general licence; the management of rodents and rabbits; deer management as part of a plan agreed with and requested by the landowner; and game management or gamekeeping activities such as looking after game birds, pest/predator control and habitat management. All those undertaking essential pest control should carry written permission from the owner or occupier which states that they are contracted to undertake such activity.  

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Advice on shooting within the tier system 

The restrictions pertaining to each tier are signposted in the table below:

ScotlandTier 0Tier 1Tier 2Tier 3Tier 4
Socialising indoorsMax eight people from three households indoors.Max six people from two households indoors.No in-home socialising. Max six people from two households in indoor public settings (such as hospitality venues).Same as Tier 2.No in-home socialising. 
Socialising outdoors

Max fifteen people from five households outdoors.

As an outdoor sport with Scottish Government endorsed guidance, shooting is exempt from socialising restrictions.

Max eight people from three households outdoors.

As an outdoor sport with Scottish Government endorsed guidance, shooting is exempt from socialising restrictions.

Max six people from two households outdoors.

As an outdoor sport with Scottish Government endorsed guidance, shooting is exempt from socialising restrictions.

Same as Tier 2.

Max two people from two households outdoors.

There are no exemptions to socialising restrictions in Tier 4 for shooting. Therefore only a maximum of two people from two households may shoot together.  

TransportAvoid car sharing with people outside extended household wherever possible.Same as Tier 0.Same as Tier 0.Same as Tier 0.Same as Tier 0.
TravelNo non-essential travel to/from level 3 or higher areas in Scotland and equivalents in rest of UK. This restriction is enshrined in law, meaning it is illegal to break this restriction.Same as Tier 0.Same as Tier 0.No non-essential travel into or out of the level 3 area. This restriction is enshrined in law, meaning it is illegal to break this restriction.No non-essential travel into or out of the level 4 area. This restriction is enshrined in law, meaning it is illegal to break this restriction.
Shooting SportsAll outdoor shooting sports are permitted and are not constrained by socialising restrictions provided sector guidance is adhered to. Travel restrictions for tier 3 and tier 4 areas still apply. Same as Tier 0.Same as Tier 0.Same as Tier 0.Shooting sports may take place but are constrained by outdoor socialising and travel restrictions. No more than two guns from two households may shoot together. 
Essential Pest ControlEssential pest control (including deer management) is permitted and is classed as an essential activity – meaning you can travel between local authority areas to conduct this activity. Written permission from the owner or occupier should be carried.Same as Tier 0.Same as Tier 0.Same as Tier 0.Same as Tier 0.
AccommodationAll holiday accommodation is closed to tourism. Hotels, B&Bs and self-catering accommodation may open for essential customers only. Same as Tier 0.Same as Tier 0. Same as Tier 0. Same as Tier 0. 

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