Public health and safety during the ongoing pandemic is our primary concern. We have planned all activities over COP26 to minimise the risk of spreading COVID-19. We are fighting for climate justice at COP against the backdrop of global vaccine inequality and a need to keep everyone in our communities – both in Glasgow and abroad – safe.
Please follow these procedures at all of our events over COP26. If you are unsure about anything you can ask our volunteers on the ground.
You can read our full COVID policy here.
Participants of both our Global Day of Action and People’s Summit are required to their own Lateral Flow Test at home each day before attending.
You can collect Lateral Flow Test Kits for free from any pharmacy (see a map) or the Lateral Flow Registration Site at 252 Sauchiehall street.
People’s Summit in Glasgow: You must register your test online on the NHS website and present confirmation (text/email) at one of our Registration Sites to receive a wristband for that day. You can also use the Zoe app, or take a picture of yourself with the test to confirm.
This wristband will enable access to any of our indoor events.
Global Day of Action: All attendees should do your own Lateral Flow Test at home before attending, however you will not require a wristband to attend so registration is not necessary.
Unless you are exempt, face masks are mandatory at all activities – inside and outside. If you don’t wear a mask we might ask you why: we know this is an imposition, but we do want to limit risks as much as possible. We strongly recommend the use of FFP2-grade masks to protect yourself and others around you.
A minimum distance of 1 meters between people applies at all of our events, inside and outside except within households or accommodation bubbles.
The top 5 symptoms of COVID-19 are currently:
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Loss of smell
Prevention During COP26
Venue check-in: You will be required to use provide contact details (using the Check in Scotland app or manually) when entering any of our indoor venues.
Contacting Tracing: You should download and use the Protect Scotland contact tracing app at all times during COP26.
If you develop symptoms, test positive or have close contact
If you develop symptoms of coronavirus or receives a positive Lateral Flow Test result, you should self-isolate immediately and book a free PCR test as soon as possible. If the PCR test result is negative, you 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 the NHS Test and Protect identifies you as a close contact, you will need to self-isolate immediately and book a PCR test. Close contacts who are fully vaccinated, test negative on 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. For more information visit https://www.nhsinform.scot/
- 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 must isolate following Scottish Government guidelines.
- For isolation support, advice or you are unable to self-isolate where you are staying contact the National Assistance Helpline on 0800 111 4000.
- We have set up an emergency fund to provide support to people who are impacted by COVID-19 at COP26, and are unable to access government support through the National Assistance Helpline. Requests for support should be sent to [email protected] and could cover:
- Financial support for Guests and/or Hosts who need to isolate in the Homestay Network
- Delivery of essentials, food and medicine for households in isolation
- Community support for people isolating
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.
Lateral Flow Test Registration Sites
Main Site & LFT Distro Point
252 Sauchiehall Street
View on google maps
Opening hours: 8:30am – 8:30pm
Secondary Site (People’s Summit only 7th – 10th)
Location tbc (near Charing cross)
Opening hours: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Registering your Lateral Flow Home Test
- You must take a Lateral Flow Test at home each day before you attend any event. You can collect Lateral Flow Home Testing Kits for free from local pharmacies, online or from our LFT Registration Sites.
- For all indoor events, you must register your negative result on the NHS website. You can also use the Zoe app to register your test.
- Bring confirmation to a LFT Registration Site – this could be the confirmation email or text, or a screenshot of the confirmation page.
- *If you are unable to confirm through the NHS site, please take a picture of yourself and the negative test with a timestamp.
- You will receive a wristband that is your pass for that day’s events.
COP26 Homestay Network: Read our full COVID-19 Guidance for Guests and Hosts.
Our full COVID policy: Read here.
NHS Inform tool on who needs to self-isolate: When and how long to self-isolate due to coronavirus | NHS inform
What is Lateral Flow and PCR testing: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-51943612
Travelling in the UK: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-on-travel-and-transport/
Travelling from abroad: https://cop26coalition.org/public-resource-center/
If you need urgent medical care now then call 111.
For life- or limb-threatening emergencies dial 999 or go straight to A&E