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24 October 2021

Scottish Government

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 2021) 

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)

PROTECT SCOTLAND APP

 

GENERAL

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.