Coronavirus Business Support

Support and information for businesses during the Coronavirus crisis can be found via the following links:

This update from the Scottish Government on 18th Nov directs businesses to the most up to date information on COVID-19 as we move forward with our economic response.

The Find Business Support website continues to provide details on the assistance available as well as information and advice on how businesses can restart safely through and out of lockdown.

At today’s media briefing the First Minister said people who are shielding and cannot work from home can continue to go to work even if they live in a level 4 area, providing they are assured that workplaces are safe and employers have listened to their concerns. A letter from the Chief Medical Officer will be sent out to those in the shielding category in the next few days containing detailed advice and guidance and information is also available on the Scottish Government website.

The First Minister also advised that people who live in a level 3 or 4 area should not leave their local authority area except for essential purposes, which includes work that can’t be done at home. Further detail on essential purposes will be published on the Scottish Government website ahead of the restrictions coming into place on Friday.

The First Minister’s full speech is available here.

The Scottish Government’s Strategic Framework is now operational, you can find out exactly which coronavirus lockdown restrictions apply to you by using the Scottish Government's postcode checker.

Safer workplace guidance is released on a sectoral basis and can be found here

Guidance for businesses looking to offer support for the ongoing effort to tackle the Covid-19 emergency can be found here.

The NHS Inform coronavirus webpage is the fastest way for people to get the latest health advice and information.


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