Business Advice & Guidance: Covid-19 

Scottish Government

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Keeping You Up To Date

As the Coronavirus continues to impact the operations of businesses, learn more about the steps that Forth Valley Chamber and our Members can implement to minimise the impact on our local communities.  If you have any queries please contact us.

Latest Scottish Government Guidance 

 

Overview

There are 5 COVID-19 protection levels (0-4). The rules you have to follow depend on the level for your council area.

Current situation

  • Most of mainland Scotland (and islands not at Level 1) are at Level 2
     

  • Orkney, Shetland, Na h-Eileanan Siar, all islands in Highland (except Skye) and the Argyll and Bute islands of Coll, Colonsay, Erraid, Gometra, Iona, Islay, Jura, Mull, Oronsay, Tiree and Ulva are at Level 1
     

  • Glasgow City council area remains at Level 3 - financial support will be provided to eligible businesses in this area

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Financial Support

For Businesses

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Funding Sources For Businesses And Individuals In Scotland

Visit Find Business Support for further information about available grants, loans and support schemes.

 

 

Local Authority Discretionary Funds

The Scottish Government has provided £120million of funding to local authorities to provide additional support for businesses.

 

The aim of the fund is to mitigate short term issues being experienced by businesses that are struggling due to the Coronavirus restrictions and regulations that have been introduced since October.

 

Am I eligible?
Local authorities will be able to direct financial support to specific groups, sectors or businesses within their local areas. This may mean that eligibility criteria across the country will vary.

 

How do I apply?
Businesses can apply directly through their local authority. Links to each local authorities application page can be found below.

Virus Symptoms

Coronavirus Symptoms

The Scottish Government publishes the number of test results and new cases each day.
 
Common symptoms of coronavirus include:
  • High temperature or fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste

 
Public health advice can be found at Coronavirus (COVID-19) on NHS.
A free helpline has been set up for people who do not have symptoms but are looking for general advice: 0800 028 2816. 
Overseas visitors to Scotland, regardless of their residency status, are exempt from NHS charges for both the diagnosis and treatment of coronavirus (COVID-19).

 

Travel Advice

 
International Travel and Quarantine Advice is updated regularly by the Scottish Government. Travel advice and country-specific information can be found at FitForTravel.

Scotland’s COVID Protection Levels (Five-Tier System)

A five-tier system intended to curb the spread of coronavirus is now in effect in Scotland. Each area has a COVID protection level. There are 5 different levels starting from 0 to 4. The lowest level is 0 and the highest level is 4.
postcode checker has been launched so people can confirm the level at which their area has been placed.
The Scottish Government framework can be viewed here.

Workplace Guidance

Workplace Guidance For Micro And Small Businesses

Businesses have been hit hard by the impact of Coronavirus. The resources below are included to help support employers and employees in this change in circumstances.

Scottish Chambers of Commerce has created guidance which provides practical advice for micro (less than 10 employees) and small (less than 50 employees) companies as they plan to re-open their businesses. This guidance is for businesses where there is no sector-specific guidance published, so if your business is in a sector for which specific guidance has been published, then you should follow this.
To view the document, please click here.
For specific sector guidance from the Scottish Government, please click here.

 

Advice from Government

If you are an employer or a business owner, the UK Government has provided the following guidance for employers and businesses.
Businesses should check for daily updates and subscribe to receive email alerts to ensure they are acting on the most up to date information.
The Scottish government has published Covid-19: Scotland’s Route Map Through And Out Of The Crisis.

 

This document describes the progress the UK has made to date in tackling the Coronavirus outbreak and sets out the government’s plans for the next phases of its response. The UK government has also updated its guidance for businesses on working safely during Coronavirus.