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Scottish Government Daily Update Received Friday 15

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.

The UK has now left the European Union, this update will highlight developments around Brexit that will be of particular interest to businesses.

For the most up-to-date Brexit advice and support visit the Prepare for Brexit website.

At today’s media briefing the Health Secretary confirmed that additional restrictions have been imposed on all arrivals from South America following identification of a new variant of coronavirus in Brazil.

Watch the Health Secretary’s full statement here.

More than £55 million in COVID-19 support has been paid out to businesses between October and December through Scottish Government funds. Statistics published today show 13,462 grants totalling £31.4 million have been processed through the Strategic Framework Business Fund between 2 November and 28 December.

The Rural Economy Secretary has called on the UK Government to bolster support for Scotland’s struggling seafood sector following a series of meetings with seafood businesses and organisations this week.

COVID-19 tourism and hospitality sector guidance has been updated following the latest change in regulations for takeaway operations. Read more here.

Guidance for laboratories and research facilities, including those on university campuses, on safer working during the coronavirus pandemic has been updated to reflect employer working from home duties.

The Scottish Government’s Strategic Framework is now operational, you can find out exactly which coronavirus lockdown restrictions apply to you by using the Scottish Government's postcode checker.

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

Grants are available for businesses that are required by law to close or to significantly change operations as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. Find out who is eligible and how to apply here.

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

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