Our Covid Policies

We can’t wait to see you at this year’s Glasgow School of Yarn at the Trades Hall! We appreciate that attending a reasonably busy event might feel daunting after the last 18 months, but rest assured that we’re working hard to make the event as Covid safe as we can. 

The event will be fully compliant with Scottish government guidelines and our policies have been developed and overseen by a research nurse with over 10 years of experience working in the NHS.


We will have the following measures in place:


  • Staggered entry times for standard entry to avoid queues at the entrance and congestion in the marketplace . Please ensure you arrive during the 30 minute window specified on your ticket as we cannot guarantee entry outwith this time. If you miss your slot, we may be able to admit you from 12pm.

  • Plenty of space between vendors throughout the marketplace to allow social distancing. Venue maps will be handed out to help you plan your visit.

  • Hand sanitiser will be available throughout the venue. Please remember to sanitise before handling any products and also adhere to any guidelines put in place at individual stalls.

  • We have reduced the number of vendors and opened up an extra space to allow the marketplace to be more spread out than initially planned.

  • A thorough cleaning regime throughout the venue.

  • The venue is signed up to the Check In Scotland scheme and you will be asked to sign in upon arrival.

  • We are using paperless ticketing. You will receive a QR code with your booking confirmation, please make sure you have it to hand upon arrival.


In order to help everyone stay safe and enjoy their day, please ensure you are familiar with the guidelines in order to ensure everyone’s safety and peace of mind.


  • Face Masks: face coverings continue to be a legal requirement in Scotland. You are required to correctly wear a suitable face covering in all areas, unless you are seated in the cafe or exempt. We absolutely appreciate that not everyone is able to wear a face mask and would encourage visitors who are exempt to wear a lanyard to keep us right.

  • Vaccination: as of writing, the rules pertaining to “vaccine passports” for larger events haven’t been finalised. We don’t expect GSoY to fall under this legislation, HOWEVER, we strongly recommend getting vaccinated to cover all eventualities if possible.

  • Lateral Flow Tests: these are available, for free, by post or from your local pharmacy and we would encourage you to take a test before attending the event. We’ll be asking the same of our staff and volunteers to keep everyone as safe as possible.

  • Please follow the government advice in relation to symptoms and isolation and do not come to the event if you feel at all unwell or are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.

    • Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has any of the following symptoms:

    • – a high temperature

    • – a new, continuous cough

    • – a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

    • Do not leave home if you have been instructed to self-isolate.


  • If you are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, we will respectfully ask you to leave.

  • While we are no longer required to allow for social distancing, we have laid out the event with plenty of space and would ask you to maintain a safe distance to other visitors, exhibitors and staff. There is a one way system in place to help with this, please follow the signage.

We hope you have a pleasant and safe visit to GSoY and the Trades Hall and appreciate your patience and understanding with the above guidelines. Please note that we operate a zero tolerance policy to abusive behaviour and will ask you to leave if we believe you are not following the guidelines in good faith, particularly with regards to face coverings or if you are abusive to any staff, exhibitors or visitors at the event.

Thank you for your support over the years and this year in particular! People make Glasgow and people DEFINITELY make The Glasgow School of Yarn....together, we can make this a cracking event and hopefully next year, we can do it again while seeing each other’s faces!