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Gov.Scot: Economy COVID-19 Communications Update - 27 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.

Today the Scottish Parliament debated and approved Scotland's new five-level system of Covid-19 restrictions.

Under the new framework the opportunity for hospitality businesses to operate during different levels of coronavirus restrictions will increase.

You can read the First Minister’s opening statement here.

Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation Ivan McKee made a statement to Parliament today unveiling a new, targeted inward investment plan that aims to further internationalise Scotland’s economy. ‘Shaping Scotland’s Economy: Scotland’s Inward Investment Plan’ represents a fundamental shift in approach and focuses efforts on nine areas of opportunity where Scotland has global strengths and which offer significant future prospects, they include energy transition, health technology, the space sector and digital financial and business services.

Nightclubs and soft play centres that have been closed by law since March are to benefit from targeted funding. One-off grants of up to £50,000 will be available to businesses in both sectors through the COVID-19 Contingency Fund, grants will be based on rateable value. Businesses operating multiple premises will be eligible to claim one full grant plus grants of up to 75% on subsequent properties.

Guidance developed in partnership with clinical experts, regulators, trade unions and industry representatives will be published this week to help soft play centres prepare for re-opening when it is safe to do so.

The Scottish Government’s route map through and out of lockdown is available here. We are in Phase 3.

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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