Know before you go: a practical guide to visiting Glasgow
Glasgow is now in COVID-19 protection Level 0, with travel into and out of the city allowed. Many of the city’s shops, cafes, restaurants and attractions are ready to welcome you back. We’ve outlined just a few things you may find useful to know before you go.
Download the Protect Scotland app which has been designed to help reduce the spread of the virus by alerting users if they have been in close contact with another app user who has tested positive for COVID-19.
In Scotland, it’s a legal requirement for people to wear face coverings (unless exempt) in shops, on public transport, in hospitality venues whilst moving around and in enclosed spaces where physical distancing is more difficult. Face coverings don’t have to be drab, why not support a local Glasgow maker and buy one from Slanj Kilts or Trakke, just a couple of Glasgow-based companies designing their own.
You must also maintain at least 1m distance from other households in all indoor public settings.
2. Plan ahead for your visit
Simple measures such as avoiding peak times when travelling and checking ahead that the shops, cafes, restaurants and venues you plan to visit are open, can help ensure a more enjoyable experience.
Restaurants, cafes and bars across Glasgow are able to open until midnight. Check in advance if pre-booking is required and be aware that face coverings are mandatory for staff and customers when moving around venues and when not eating or drinking. Indoors, there is a limit of 10 people from 4 households to a table, and 15 people from 15 households outdoors. Children under the age of 12 do not count towards the total number of people who can meet.
Shops are limiting numbers, introducing one-way systems and may have changed their opening hours. And queuing means getting into or around a venue may take longer so please be patient and make sure you leave yourself plenty of time.
La Chambre Verte at Kimpton Blythswood Square. Image credit: Kimpton Blythswood Square.
Most of the city’s hotels are open. If you have plans to stay overnight, each venue will have strict health and safety guidelines in place to make your stay as comfortable as possible. Please check with your accommodation provider for their COVID-19 regulations including what procedures would have to be followed in the event of a guest displaying symptoms.
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Should you wish to drive into the city, the car parks at St Enoch Centre and Buchanan Galleries shopping malls are open. Alternatively, hop in a Glasgow Taxi. Their cabs are sanitised, safe and offer contactless payment.
Glasgow City Council's Spaces for People programme has been developed to give pedestrians and cyclists more space to roam in the city centre and encourage more active travel. The widening of footpaths and the introduction of one-way pedestrian systems are just some of the temporary measures put in place. Visit the Glasgow City Council website to find out more information.
4. Support local Glasgow businesses
A couple walking down a staircase admiring the 'Floating Heads' installation inside Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.