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Coronavirus (COVID-19): ventilation guidance

Getting fresh air into indoor spaces to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): ventilation guidance
Domestic/household settings

Domestic/household settings

Requirements for domestic ventilation set out in Scottish building regulations depend on the size of the property and provide rates of airflow for entire buildings.

There are a number of steps people can take to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus.

When meeting people from other households indoors in your or their home, it is important to continue to follow government guidance.

Try to reduce the amount of time spent on any indoor activity, as this will reduce the risk of transmitting the virus through aerosols indoors.

It is essential to maintain a regular supply of fresh, outdoor air, which can often be done by simply opening a window or vent.

During the winter months, when temperature becomes more of an issue, it is important to continue to ensure the air indoors is frequently refreshed with outdoor air. Opening small windows or vents can create air circulation whilst maintaining a comfortable temperature for occupants.

You should remember to continue following all other measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission indoors.

This means:

  • getting fully vaccinated including booster shots
  • following hygiene protections
  • wearing face coverings where appropriate
  • taking COVID-19 lateral flow tests if you will be mixing with others outwith your household
  • self-isolating when required



First published: 18 Dec 2020 Last updated: 31 Jan 2022 -