Coronavirus (COVID-19): Retail Sector Guidance

Updated: Aug 19, 2021

Guidance for the retail sector, including close contact services such as hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons, which covers procedures for staff and customer safety and an operations checklist, as published by the Scottish Government.


This guidance is for the retail sector in Scotland. Its purpose is to assist businesses that provide retail and close contact services to operate safely and in accordance with the Scottish Government guidance.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): framework for decision making – Scotland’s route map through and out of the crisis sets out a phased approach to exiting from the lockdown. To judge whether and when restrictions can be changed we will consider a range of evidence on the progress of the pandemic in Scotland, using the principles set out in the Framework for Decision Making and our long-established commitment to fair work, which was set in the context of the current crisis in a joint statement with the STUC. Guidance will be reviewed on a regular basis as our priority remains containing the spread of the virus, saving lives and safeguarding the NHS.