A note on Covid, COP and Coming to Glasgow

This year, more than ever, it is vital that we get our messages to decision makers at COP. We have a responsibility to minimise the risks to people, while at the same time ensuring voices are heard.

We have tried to make plans that are as robust and resilient as possible to change while prioritising public health –  for example by shifting from one large central COP Hub to many smaller ones, and setting up the COP26 Homestay Network so campaigners are accommodated in individuals’ homes rather than in large communal sleeping spaces in community halls. All are plans are subject to change if the covid situation demands.

For anyone coming to Glasgow, please ensure that you have accommodation confirmed – covid makes last-minute planning difficult.  We have set up the COP26 Homestay Network to accommodate activists and campaigners in affordable accommodation, but this is limited by the number of hosts who sign up, so please only travel if you have accommodation.

Guidance for those attending events during COP26

We are aware of the risk that events pose to transmission of Covid and so please find below some tips and guidelines you may wish to follow when attending any events while at COP26.  For SCCS and COP26 Coalition events and sites specifically we have a strict policy of daily lateral flow testing.

Organising and attending events will need more effort, but we hope it gives the greatest protection to those attending, volunteering and working at civil-society-led events for COP26

Tips for Covid Safety

  • Always follow any COVID-19 guidance set out at the venue or event.
  • Daily Home Testing: Do a Lateral Flow Test at home before attending any event.
  • Capacity & Distancing: adopt at least a 1m physical distancing rule at all times.
  • Masks: Keep your mask on at any event, inside or outside unless you are exempt.
  • Contact Tracing: download and use the NHS contact tracing app (Protect Scotland) during COP26.
  • Hand cleaning: Wash and/or disinfect your hands regularly and thoroughly according to the recommended procedure.

Visit https://www.nhsinform.scot/ for more information.

What if I get covid? 

  • You should always follow Scottish Government guidelines on testing and isolation: NHS Inform
  • If a person develops symptoms of coronavirus or receives a positive Lateral Flow Test result, they should self-isolate immediately and book a free PCR test as soon as possible. If the PCR test result is negative, the person can leave self-isolation. 
  • If the PCR result is positive, Test and Protect will contact the person and ask them to fill out the secure digital contact tracing form and use this to provide details of anyone they have been in close contact with.
  • If a person is identified as a close contact by NHS Test and Protect they will need to self-isolate immediately and book a PCR test.
  • Close contacts who are fully vaccinated, return a negative PCR test, and remain asymptomatic can end self-isolation. Fully vaccinated means you have received both doses of your vaccine and at least 14 days have passed since your last dose.

Self Isolation

  • If you are visiting Glasgow and are unable to safely get home to isolate, you should isolate where you are staying.

  • You should follow Scottish Government guidelines on testing and isolation: NHS Inform

  • If you are hosting or staying with someone in the Homestay Network, all members of the household will need to take a PCR and isolate until the result comes through – following Scottish Government guidelines.

  • For isolation support, advice or in case you are unable to isolate where you are staying contact the National Assistance Helpline on 0800 111 4000
  • If you are staying in the COP26 homestay network and get Covid we have a daily payment to hosts that we can make to help them with the costs and inconvenience. Information is in one of the FAQs on the  Homestay website
  • In an emergency, if you are unable to isolate where you are staying, contact the National Assistance Helpline on 0800 111 4000

If you, or any of your household members are shielding or are at higher risk from COVID-19, please do not join the Homestay Network. Instead, there are many ways to engage with online activities at COP26. Check out climatefringe.org and cop26coalition.org.

Useful Links

  • NHS Inform tool on who needs to self-isolate:

When and how long to self-isolate due to coronavirus | NHS inform

  • NHS Inform general advice on Covid-19: 

Coronavirus (COVID-19): General advice | NHS inform


  • Travelling from abroad:




  • If you need urgent medical care now then call 111. 
  • For life- or limb- threatening emergencies dial 999 or go straight to A&E