NHS SCOTLAND COVID STATUS APP. On 1 October
the NHS Scotland COVID Status (or COVID passport) app was launched.
Those who have been vaccinated in Scotland can use it to prove
they've been vaccinated against coronavirus. A domestic update to
the app was made available on 21 October. (19 October 2021).
SSP RECLAIM DEADLINES. If you are a small or
medium-sized business, you may be entitled to reclaim the costs of
Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) for sickness absence due to COVID-19. New
deadlines added. (15 September 2021)
GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESS AND WORKPLACES. Guidance
on reducing the risk of COVID-19 and supporting staff and
customers. Examples in face coverings section updated. (15 October
UPDATED GUIDANCE ON VENTILATION IN THE
WORKPLACE. The Scottish Government has updated its Coronavirus
guidance on ventilation. (27 August 2021)
LEVEL 0 FROM 19 JULY. Scotland changed to
Level 0 on 19 July 2021. Employers are asked to continue to support
home working where possible until Scotland moves beyond Level 0.
All major COVID-19 restrictions will be lifted on 9 August if the
necessary conditions on vaccination and harm reduction continue.
(13 July 2021).
CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) PROTECTION LEVELS IN
SCOTLAND. (Updated 5 July 2021)
QUARANTINE HOTELS. If you arrive in
Scotland from a red list country, you'll need to quarantine at a
quarantine hotel in Scotland for 10 days (11 nights) as soon as you
arrive to help protect against the importation of Coronavirus
(COVID-19). (Updated 15 October 2021)
RETURNING TO OFFICES. The Scottish Government
has issued guidance for workers and employers on returning to work
safely. (Updated 13 August 2021). And WORKPLACE RISK ASSESSMENT TOOL. The Scottish
Government has published risk assessment guidance and a tool for
staff across all industries which should be used by employers to
support staff and line managers to understand and carry out
effective risk assessments. (Updated 4 May 2021)
RECOVERY LOAN SCHEME (RLS). The RLS provides
financial support to businesses of any size. It was set up so they
can continue to access loans and other kinds of finance up to £10
million per business once the existing COVID-19 loan schemes close.
(6 April 2021)
CREATIVE DIGITAL INITIATIVE (CDI) has
been established to provide support to creative and cultural
businesses to help them develop their digital capabilities in
response to the limitations imposed by Covid-19. The CDI programme
can be found at the Xpo North website. (23 March 2021)
NON-DOMESTIC RATES RELIEF EXTENDED. Retail,
hospitality, leisure and aviation businesses in Scotland will pay
no rates during 2021-22 under proposals outlined by the Scottish
Government. (16 February 2021) See also the mygov.scot website.
SELF ISOLATION SUPPORT GRANT for low
income workers (£500) administered by local authorities. (Updated
20 October 2021)
Coronavirus support for businesses in
Scotland - Scottish Government round-up of sources of
finance and other support measures.
Scottish Government response/advice
Emergency powers. The Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill was
introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 31 March 2020. It received
Royal Assent on 6 April and came into force on 7 April as the
Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020: see the UK Government website.