Covid-19 Guidance

From Monday 17th May 2021, mainland Scotland and some islands will move to level 2 within the Covid-19 protection level framework - with the exception of Moray which will remain in Level 3. 

We are continuing to support community and voluntary groups to deliver the vital services that are needed to ensure that our communities remain safe, supported and informed.

We have provided the below links to key sources of information to help the local communities in Aberdeenshire keep informed and up to date with the most recent Coronavirus announcements. From Monday 17th May the restrictions are as follows:


  • 6 people from 3 households can meet in your home or theirs – and can stay overnight
  • 6 people from 3 households in an indoor public place like a café, pub or restaurant
  • 8 people from 8 households outdoors
  • Under 12s do not count towards the total number of people or households meeting outside but do count towards household numbers indoors
  • You do not need to physically distance from family and friends in a private home

Hospitality & Shopping


  • Cafés, pubs and restaurants
  • All shops and stores
  • All close contact services including hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons
  • Gyms, leisure centres and swimming pools
  • Tourist accommodation
  • Visitor attractions
  • Public buildings like libraries and community centres
  • Cinemas, theatres, concert halls, amusement arcades, casinos, bingo halls, bowling alleys and snooker/pool halls
  • Stadiums and events – with maximum numbers


  • You can travel anywhere in Scotland in Levels 0, 1 or 2 but must not enter a Level 3 or 4 area unless for a permitted reason
  • You can travel to England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands - before you travel you must check the travel rules in those countries


All schools are open for full-time in-school learning.

Colleges & Universities

Restrictions and blended learning remains in place. See here for more information.

Public Services

Public services are open, but may operate with reduced face-to-face services.



To those of you who have volunteered either through the Grampian Coronavirus Assistance Hub or your local community groups and organisations, you are more appreciated than you will ever know. Your efforts have been outstanding and the support you have given to those in need has demonstrated what being human is all about: treating others as you would wish to be treated yourself. 
To those of you who have volunteered but not yet been called upon, please don't be despondent; volunteering is needed all year round by many groups and people. We hope that you would consider volunteering in 'normal' times as well as during national emergencies, so if you'd like to hear more about volunteering opportunities, please email us to register your interest ( You can also visit our volunteering webpage which can be found by clicking here

Read about AVA's Community Spirit Awards here

Funding support for new groups

Funding for your group or organisation

There is a wealth of information available about the many different funds that exist to support community and third sector organisations during this time. We have worked hard to filter some of this information to make it easier for groups to decide which fund(s) they should apply to. For more information, please visit our funding page by clicking here.

covid funding

New Community Groups

To support the many groups who have come together to help those in need in our communities, AVA's Development Officers have prepared a set of resources that we hope will help those groups to navigate the subject of organisation governance. 

Click here for our Quick Guides  for New Groups

Third Sector Lab

Third Sector Lab is a digital service delivery for charities. They can help you get started with remote working and provide vital information on best-practice, policies, guidance and more, for rapid deployment of essential charity services to online channels. It has free weekly open Zoom calls in partnership with SCVO to help charities connect.