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COVID-19 Reopening Guidance for Men’s Sheds in Scotland
Version 2 (Issued March 2021)


Revised Reopening Guidance for Sheds (Version 2 – March 2021)

On the 26th April 2021, Scotland will return to the levels system. On this date, it is hoped that Men’s Sheds will be able to re-open their doors—in line with SMSA’s ‘Reopening Guidance for Men’s Sheds in Scotland’ – if they choose to do so.

SMSA recommends that individual Shed committees now begin to have these discussions on the reopening process (if not already started) as to whether or not your Shed is in a position to open to some extent.

Following the consultation on the guidance with Shed members and our partner organisations, SMSA is now releasing the revised version.  SMSA is indebted to the organisations—including SMSA Shed Members, Age Scotland, Healthy Working Lives, Public Health Scotland, Scottish Community Development Centre and Scottish Government—that took the time to review the documents and provide us with feedback.

The guidance provides advice and examples for Sheds on steps and safety measures to put in place prior to opening their doors again when the time is right. The documents are intended for guidance only and were developed by the Association to attempt to cover all types of Men’s Sheds across Scotland and aid the individual decision-making process for each Shed Committee. SMSA will regularly review the guidance and advise Sheds of any changes.

What our members say

In short. We already feel invigorated, more motivated, more active, healthier and indeed happier. Isn’t that what a Shed is about?- Bill B
Your advice and help in negotiating and securing us a lease has been invaluable. We wish you every success in developing the SMSA to the point that every area in Scotland will have a regional advisor.- Alan P
There have been times when the task ahead of us has seemed too much and without your presence to re-kindle our motivation we might have faltered.- Peter
Many thanks for such a fulsome conversation this morning. Both Lawson and I learnt a great deal from our chat and from your advice. Well Being!- Alan S

Men involved in community Men’s Sheds report living healthier, happier and more connected lives.

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