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11 August 2020

Scottish Government

SCHOOLS TO RE-OPEN FULL-TIME FROM 11 AUGUST (30 July 2020).

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. (27 July 2020)

LIFELINE SUPPORT FOR PERFORMING ARTS VENUES. A targeted £10 million fund to support Scotland's performing arts venues has been announced. It will be run by Creative Scotland, who will publish full details shortly. (3 July 2020)

HIGH STREET SHOPS RE-OPENThe public are being encouraged to shop local as retail businesses across the country prepare to re-open on 29 June 2020. (29 June 2020)

RETURNING TO WORK SAFELY. The Scottish Government has issued guidance for workers and employers on returning to work safely. (24 June 2020)

GRADUAL INTRODUCTION OF PHASE 2 IN SCOTLAND. This includes the provision for all retail premises with outdoor entrances and exits to re-open from 29 June 2020. (18 June 2020)

LOCKDOWN BEGINS TO EASE IN SCOTLAND: PHASE 1. While some outdoor activity restrictions will ease as of Friday, 29 May 2020 the public are still urged to stay at home as much as possible and maintain strict physical distancing when outdoors. (28 May 2020)

ROUTE MAP FOR MOVING OUT OF LOCKDOWN IN SCOTLAND. A route map setting out a phased approach to easing lockdown restrictions while still suppressing coronavirus (COVID-19) has been published by the Scottish Government (see the document on the Scottish Government website). it gives details of a gradual four-phase move out of the current state of lockdown. (21 May 2020). 

ADDITIONAL £40M OF SUPPORT FOR KEY SECTORS. The Scottish Government announced that this extra funding will be split between the Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund (increased by £30 million to £120 million), and the Creative, Tourism & Hospitality Enterprises Hardship Fund (increased by £10 million to £30 million). Both funds closed to applications on 18 May.  Creative Scotland's Bridging Bursaries scheme in the not-for-profit sector also received a £1 million top up. This scheme is now closed. (20 May 2020)

Culture and creative sector support

Coronavirus support for businesses in Scotland - Scottish Government round-up of sources of finance and other support measures.

Stay at home and away from others (physical distancing) - Scottish Government advice for people in Scotland (11 May 2020)

Effective 'lockdown' introduced (23 March 2020)

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.