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Gov.Scot: Economy COVID-19 Communications Update - 22nd Oct 2020

This update from the Scottish Government directs businesses to the most up to date information on COVID-19 as we move forward with our economic response.

The Find Business Support website continues to provide details on the assistance available as well as information and advice on how businesses can restart safely through and out of lockdown.

At today’s media briefing the First Minister announced that details of the Scottish Government’s new testing strategy for COVID-19 would be published tomorrow as part of the new strategic framework.  She said that capacity would increase to 65,000 tests a day by the end of this year with regional hubs established in Grampian, Lothian, and Greater Glasgow and Clyde.  The First Minister’s full speech is available here.

The Chancellor has announced increases in the assistance available through the Jobs Support Scheme today.  Additional grants were confirmed for businesses in England.  Finance Secretary Kate Forbes has called for the Chancellor to commit to providing the funding needed to give businesses in Scotland equal levels of support.

The Transport Transition Plan has been updated to set out more details which can be found here.

Safer workplace guidance is released on a sectoral basis and can be found here.  

Guidance for businesses looking to offer support for the ongoing effort to tackle the Covid-19 emergency can be found here.

The NHS Inform coronavirus webpage is the fastest way for people to get the latest health advice and information.

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