Latest update on how Scotland is recovering from Coronavirus

Inverglen Guest House

Date: 25th June 2020

After over 3 months of lockdown, we are now seeing positive signs of Scotland returning towards a sense of normal. Of course, we are still a long way of seeing a true normal, but given the restrictions of late, it certainly feels like a positive situation.  We can only hope that the fantastic weather we have been enjoying will stay with us for the rest of the summer and into the autumn period.

During the lockdown, we have been keeping our spirits up by dreaming and planning future trips. We have earmarked several places we will visit when it is safe to do so and no doubt you have as well. Now we have a date when some of those plans can start to come to fruition and it is…….Friday 3 July. From this date, the five-mile travel restriction in Scotland is lifted and we can venture further afield.

The next really big date is – Wednesday 15th July. On this date, many tourist sites can open, as can all types of holiday accommodation.

Inverglen Guest House is well prepared for this re-opening and we have COVID precautions in place. Take a look at our safety procedures.

As you may know, the Scottish Government has published a four-phase recovery plan. Visit Scotland has been looking over this plan and we are pleased to share the key aspects of each phase with you to give you a sense of how things are progressing.

River Ness and Inverness Castle at Night

Phase 1 – Now Completed

In phase 1:

  • Public outdoor spaces opened up for recreational purposes such as sitting to enjoy the sun.
  • Restrictions on meeting up with other household outdoors were relaxed a little. We could meet members of one other household in an outdoor location subject to a maximum of 8 people in a group. Social distancing continued to apply.
  • We were allowed to travel short distances (around 5 miles) for enjoying the outdoors and exercise.
  • Some drive-through food outlets re-opened.
  • Some garden centres and plant nurseries re-opened.
  • All tourist accommodation remained closed
  • Some sports and past times such as angling, archery, athletics, croquet, cycling, horse riding, golf, lawn bowls, outdoor tennis, walking and watersports clould operate with restrictions in place.
The Clava Cairns

Phase 2 – from 19th June 2020

From 19th June a few minor changes were made:

  • Tourist accommodation remains closed.
  • We can meet up with two other households outdoors at a time, with no more than a maximum of 8 people in a group, and no more than two households per day.. Social distancing to continue.
  • We remain restricted to a five-mail travel limitation.

From 22nd June 2020:

  • Tourist accommodation remains closed.
  • We can meet up with two other households outdoors at a time, with no more than a maximum of 8 people in a group, and no more than two households per day.. Social distancing to continue.
  • We remain restricted to a five-mile travel limit.
  • Masks became mandatory on all public transport (including taxis).
  • Some professional sport could re-commence.

From 29th June 2020:

  • Some small retail shops will be allowed to re-open.
  • Outdoor markets can operate in limited numbers.
  • Playgrounds will begin to re-open.
  • It will be possible to enjoy refreshments in the outdoor space of a pub or restaurant. Social distancing will apply.
  • Sport on a court will be allowed.
  • Weddings or civil ceremonies will be allowed with a limited number of attendees.
  • Zoos and garden attractions can re-open
  • Tourist accommodation remains closed
  • The five-mile travel restriction remains

From 3rd July 2020:

  • The five-mile travel restriction is lifted – HOORAY
  • Self-catering accommodation re-opens (as long as it has no shared facilities).
  • All tourist accommodation other than some self-catering properties remains closed.

From 6th July 2020:

  • OUTDOOR hospitality including beer gardens can re-open – HOORAY
Highland Cow

Phase 3 – from 10th July 2020

From 10th July 2020:

  • People can meet in extended groups outdoors with physical distancing.
  • Households can meet indoors with up to a maximum of two other households

From 13th July 2020:

  • Children and young people can play organised outdoor contact sports.
  • You can visit shops that are inside shopping centres.

From 15th July 2020: (THIS IS THE BIG ONE FOR TOURISM)

  • All types of holiday accommodation can re-open – HOORAY
  • We can eat out at restaurants and pubs indoors with new hygiene measures.
  • We can visit the hairdresser or barber. This is high on many people’s must-do list.
  • Museums, galleries, cinemas, monuments, and libraries can re-open.
We are COVID prepared

Inverglen Guest House is well prepared for this re-opening and we have COVID precautions in place. Take a look at our safety procedures.



The Quiraing Isle of Skye

Phase 4 – To Be Advised

The final phase can only be contemplated when the virus stops being a major concern. This probably means either an effective vaccine has been developed and deployed, an effective treatment has been established or there is a significant drop in transmission.


Further information can be found at https://www.visitscotland.com/about/practical-information/covid-19-recovery-phases/


Inverglen Guest House is committed to the safety of our guests. We have developed COVID safety procedures which are detailed here.

Corona Virus Recovery Phases