COVID-19

Scotland follows a COVID-19 levels system (0-4). Each has a different set of rules on what you can and cannot do. As of 19th July 2021 all of Scotland enters into Level 0.

All major COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted on 9 August if the necessary conditions on vaccination and harm reduction continue.

The Scottish Governments Strategic Framework updated (June 2021) sets out what a move beyond Level 0 may look like.

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 Centre is proud that we have kept young people and colleagues safe and well throughout the Pandemic. We are delighted that we have been able to welcome increasing numbers of family and professional visitors back to the centre and will continue to do so.

We are delighted that we have been able to hold events, albeit within the safe environment of our bubbles but can now 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 0 phase over the coming weeks and hopefully, things will become much more relaxed.

Changes from 19th July include:

  • you can meet friends and family socially in groups:
  • of up to 8 people from 4 households in your home or theirs – and can stay overnight.
  • of up to 10 people from 4 households in an indoor public place like a café, pub or restaurant. Hospitality settings will be required to close at midnight.
  • of up to 15 people from 15 households outdoors.
  • under 12s do not count towards the total number of people meeting outside or indoors.
  • You can travel to England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands - before you travel.
  • you do not need to physically distance from family and friends in a private home or outdoors. However, your gathering should maintain at least 1m distance from all others.
  • you need to maintain at least 1m distance from other households in all indoor public settings.
  • You can travel anywhere in Scotland.
  • You can travel to England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands - before you travel you must check the travel rules in those countries.
  • up to 200 people can attend weddings and funerals.

Everyone is encouraged to take regular Lateral Flow Tests, 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 do not have symptoms. (LFD) home test kits are 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 or ordered online and delivered to your house https://www.nhs.uk/ 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 regular LFD self-testing, and we will be carrying on 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.