COVID-19

From Monday 26 April 2021 all parts of Scotland are Moving to Level 3 - gov.scot (www.gov.scot) Covid-19 Restrictions and the remaining travel restrictions within Scotland will be lifted. Travel within the UK will be permitted for any purpose.

If everyone continues to follow the rules, Scotland’s First Minister has said it is expected that all of Scotland will move to Level 2 on Monday 17 May. This is such great news and means we are taking further steps towards our pre-pandemic way of life.

It will be vital that we all continue to follow FACTS and for the GSC this means we will continue to follow strict guidance in relation to FACTS and physical distancing as we move through these last stages out of Lockdown.

As a Team, everyone at the Good Shepherd is proud that we have kept young people and colleagues safe and well throughout the Pandemic, and we’re delighted that as of Monday 26 April, we will now be welcoming increasing numbers of family and professional visitors back to the centre. We’re also delighted that we can once again start planning towards whole centre and group activities with young people and staff and guests over the summer if things keep moving forward. For that to happen, we must make sure that we plan and support each visit to the centre safely, as Scotland is not ‘out of the woods’ yet in terms of this dangerous virus. So please ‘stick with it’ in terms of current GSC guidance during the Level 3 phase over the coming weeks and hopefully, things will become much more relaxed as we edge into the summer.

Changes from 26 April include:

  • adults on the shielding list can return to the workplace, if they cannot work from home, while children who have been shielding can return to school non-essential work inside people’s homes – such as painting, decorating or repairing – will be permitted, subject to mitigations
  • non-essential informal childcare will resume

    • driving lessons and tests can take place, while gyms and swimming pools can reopen for individual exercise
    • the attendance limit for funerals and weddings – and related events such as receptions – will increase to 50
    • cafés, pubs and restaurants can resume full outdoor service, subject to local licensing, and serve food indoors without alcohol until 8pm
    • takeaways to resume normal service, with physical distancing and face masks in premises
    • tourist accommodation will re-open
    • indoor attractions and public buildings such as galleries, museums and libraries will open
    • Non-essential retail outlets and close contact services such as beauty salons can also reopen

    From Monday, 26 April, lateral flow device (LFD) home test kits will be available to anyone in the wider population who does not have COVID-19 symptoms. They can be picked up from local walk/drive-through test sites for people to test themselves twice-weekly. Anyone in Scotland who develops COVID-19 symptoms should self-isolate and book a PCR test.

    At GSC we already have many of our staff and some of the young people staying here taking part in twice weekly LFD self-testing, and we will be carrying on during the rest of April and May and as long as the Public Health advice encourages this.

    Please contact us before visiting the centre or if you have any questions or worries and we can explain what we are doing to keep everyone safe and well and what to expect in terms of Covid-19 safety measures.

    Please watch the film below about what to expect when visiting the centre.

    View a summary of our School Recovery Plan for Families and Visitors.