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URGENT UPDATE:

On 7 October 2020 the Scottish Government announced plans to increase restrictions across Scotland, with further measures for central belt areas, and said these restrictions would be in place for 16 days from Friday 9 October.  These restrictions impact on the hospitality sector. Along with these restrictions the Scottish Government announced a £40 million support fund for businesses, the details of the updated restrictions can be found here. 

https://www.gov.scot/news/new-moves-to-stop-covid-19-spread/


On 21 May, the Scottish Government published a strategy outlining the next steps to lift the Coronavirus restrictions in Scotland.

The Coronavirus (COVID-19): framework for decision making – Scotland's route may through and out of the crisis is available here

The document outlines 4 phases of easing of restrictions. There are no fixed dates to indicate when we will enter a new phase, it will be dependent upon a variety of factors, including the R number, which is being used to measure the rate of spread of COVID-19 throughout the population.


When will restrictions be eased?

Any changes to the lockdown status in Scotland only occur if the Scottish Government are satisfied that there is sufficient evidence that transmission of COVID-19 is being controlled and there is a sustained decline in new infections, COVID-19 related admissions to hospital, and deaths attributed to COVID19 for at least 3 weeks.

There are no ‘start dates’ to each phase of recovery, but the Scottish Government will review the plan every three weeks as a minimum.  The Scottish Government have stated that the speed that we enter new phases will be determined by evidence and if the disease risk is deemed to increase at any stage, it is possible to move back a phase to reduce this risk. It is possible that changes to restrictions may be apply regionally or nationally.
Updated guidance about what you can and cannot do is available here

Is there specific guidance for some businesses?

As lockdown restrictions ease, some sectors and businesses will need to adopt different practices to open. The Scottish Government has issued sector specific guidance to detail the changes which will need to be implemented. Guidance of note includes:


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