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28 January 2021

Scottish Government

STAY AT HOME. From 5 January 2021, mainland Scotland moved from Level 4 to a temporary Lockdown, with new guidance to stay at home except for essential purposes. Some islands will remain at Level 3.

SELF-ISOLATION SUPPORT GRANT. Applications for the Self-Isolation Support Grant have opened for low income workers who are asked to self-isolate and would lose income if they needed to isolate. (13 October 2020)

ADOPT AN APPRENTICE. Funding increase for businesses through Adopt an Apprentice. (13 October 2020)

£59 MILLION FUNDING PACKAGE. Culture and heritage sectors are to benefit from a £59 million funding package to protect jobs and help the industry weather the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The culture funds will be delivered through Creative Scotland and follows on from the previously announced £12.5 million Performing Arts Venue Relief Fund and £2.2 million support for Grassroots Music Venues. It comes as part of the £97 million in UK Government consequentials for the culture and heritage sectors. (28 August 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)


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.