The guidance applies to outdoor community food-growing sites. This includes all forms of community food-growing sites such as community gardens and allotment sites, including communal growing areas of allotment sites. The guidance applies to all visitors, users and volunteers of community food-growing sites.

Following some feedback about the last update to the Covid-19 guidance for community food growing sites small changes have been made to the text to clarify that sites may be open, subject to compliance with the Scottish Government guidance and any site specific measures that have been put in place to reduce the spread of the virus.

In response to queries asking for clarification on whether going to the allotment/community site is included in the examples of reasonable excuses to leave your home e.g. for exercise or to obtain food a summary of the position is provided below:

  • From Tuesday 5 January 2021, the majority of Scotland moved to a temporary lockdown, with a legal requirement to stay at home. In a level 4 area you can only leave your home for an essential purpose. There are examples of reasonable excuses for leaving your home listed in the regulations and these include (amongst other things) obtaining food, providing voluntary services and undertaking exercise or recreation. This could include activities taking place on an allotment or community food-growing site e.g. exercise or obtaining food. However, there may be individual situations where the reasonable excuse defence does not apply to the activity taking place.
  • Scottish Government is unable to comment on individual cases and, as the police are responsible for enforcing the law, it would be advisable to speak to your local police force to discuss any specific issues.
  • Local authorities and others with responsibility for community food-growing sites may have these sites open, subject to compliance with the SG guidance, and can provide specific advice and information as to what measures have been put in place to stop the spread of the virus.
  • Please contact whoever is responsible for the community food-growing site for information regarding what activities can take place on the site and what restrictions may be place.

Read the full guidance here