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KEEP EVERYONE SAFE AS RESTRICTIONS EASE.

Last updated on: 20/09/2021 at 3:53PM


We want to help keep you and your communities safe and active outside.

This resource brings together advice from government, local authorities and other outdoor organisations, to help you decide where to go and what to do. Different restrictions and roadmaps are in place for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Search by activity and location for how you can get outside safely.*

Here's what you can do for Walking in Glasgow City

Current National Government Advice

Scotland’s National Position:

The First Minister has set out a timetable for the re-opening of parts of society over the next two months.

  • Stay at Home regulations will be lifted on 2 April and replaced with guidance to Stay Local, with more services including hairdressers, garden centres and non-essential click and collect services able to open from 5 April.
  • More college students will also return to on-campus learning and outdoor contact sports will resume for 12-17 year olds on 5 April if progress on vaccination and suppression of Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues.
  • The Scottish Government then hopes to lift all restrictions on journeys in mainland Scotland on 26 April.

Further expected easing on 26 April includes:

  • restrictions on journeys between Scotland and other parts of the UK – and the wider common travel area – should be lifted
  • all retail premises, libraries, museums and galleries, tourist accommodation would be able to open
  • the hospitality sector would be able to reopen outdoors for the service of alcohol, and potentially open indoors for non-alcohol service
  • up to four people from two households could be able to socialise indoors in a public place such as a café or restaurant
  • six people from up to three households could be able to meet outdoors and the limit on wedding and funeral attendance could be raised to 50 people
  • gyms and swimming pools would be open for individual exercise and non-essential childcare would be permitted
  • non-essential work in peoples’ homes and driving lessons could resume from this date


On 17 May, it is hoped that groups of four people from two households would be able to socialise indoors in a private home, and that cinemas, amusement arcades and small scale outdoor and indoor events could restart with limits on capacity. Further easing on this date would include outdoor contact sport for adults and indoor group exercise

The First Minister also indicated that in early June it is hoped that Scotland could move to Level 1 and by end of June to level 0.

Last updated on 26/03/2021 15:32

Walkers are Welcome

All organised walks are currently suspended due to lockdowns in Scotland, England and Wales. Please follow national guidelines for walking locally.

Last updated on 08/01/2021 10:09

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Getting outside currently requires a different set of rules and some thoughtful planning.

When travelling to outdoor spaces, it is important we remember that guidelines or regulations may vary depending on which part of the UK you are in.

Being aware of the risks and not attempting any activity you are not familiar with will help keep everyone safe.

Please avoid popular tourist areas that may be over crowded and also areas where infection rates are high. If in doubt, please use the greenspace layer on OS Maps to try and find alternative areas.

This handy Lockdown Loos resource has been crowd sourced to keep track of toilets that are open/closed in the areas you plan to visit.

To find walking / cycling / running routes please use our online resource OS Maps

Last updated on 19/05/2021 15:53

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*Here at OS we want you everyone to enjoy getting back outside whilst staying safe and making the right choices for ourselves, others and the environment. We are therefore collating information sourced from government, local authorities and other third parties in one place to help you do just that. We ask that you read the Disclaimer, which applies to the information. Stay safe and enjoy the outdoors!