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Scottish Government Coronavirus Update Tuesday 20th April 2021 - Perthshire Chamber of Commerce

Scottish Government Coronavirus Update Tuesday 20th April 2021

This update from the Scottish Government directs businesses towards the most up to date information on COVID-19.

The Find Business Support website has details of support and guidance for businesses that have been affected by the pandemic.

most recent Brexit advice and support can be accessed here.

Today the First Minister gave an update on changes to COVID-19 restrictions which come into effect from Monday (26 April). Read the full statement here.

Hospitality venues such as cafés, pubs and restaurants can reopen, along with tourist accommodation, and non-essential retail outlets and close contact services such as beauty salons can also reopen, along with indoor attractions and public buildings such as galleries, museums and libraries.

All parts of the country will move to Level 3 from the same date and remaining travel restrictions within Scotland will be lifted and travel within the UK will be permitted for any purpose.

Updated guidance on the collection of customer and visitor contact details for businesses and other establishments to assist contact tracing has been published.

Guidance for the tourism and hospitality sector, including procedures for staff and customer safety and an operations checklist, has been published ahead of the 26 April reopening. Guidance covering Wedding receptions and funeral wakes is also included.

Updated guidance on face coverings and face masks has also been published. The guidance includes information on face coverings in the workplace and additional information for businesses or operators carrying out close contact work. In addition, a general advice card for everyone at work has been published and a specific advice card for those working in the waste sector providing guidance for managers and workers is also now available.  

***The Scottish Parliamentary pre-election period began on the 25 March and runs until the election to the Scottish Parliament takes place on 6 May 2021. This places some restrictions on the activities of civil servants. Our response to COVID-19 is on-going we are issuing this update to signpost you towards new and essential information***

The Scottish Government’s timetable for easing restrictions has been published. The timetable sets out how and when we plan to lift the current coronavirus restrictions over the coming weeks and months.

Safer workplace guidance is released on a sectoral basis and 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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