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Scottish Government Daily Update - Thursday 10th December 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 at First Minister’s Questions the First Minister gave the first report of COVID-19 vaccination numbers, with 5,330 people receiving the first dose of the vaccine. Updates from the programme will be published on a weekly basis.

Read the full statement here.

As a result of the announcement made by the First Minister earlier this week the eleven local authority areas which are in Level 4 of the Strategic Framework will drop down to Level 3 tomorrow (Friday).  Angus, Inverclyde and Falkirk will drop a level going from 3 to 2 and Dumfries and Galloway and Borders Councils will drop down to Level 1.

While the main easing of restrictions will happen from 6pm, retail outlets in areas dropping down to Level 3 can re-open from 6am in a move intended to help stores and shopping centres better manage the flow of customers after the period of closure. Close contact services operating from premises, including hairdressers and massage therapists, as well as mobile hairdressers and barbers, will also be able to open at 6am.

A video on ways people can shop safely this Christmas, while supporting Scotland’s local businesses at a time when they need it most has been released.

Travel restrictions remain in place and no-one in a Level 3 area should travel outside their local authority area, except for essential purposes.

Find out more about the COVID protection levels and what you can and cannot do at each level.
Charities working with children and families on low incomes will receive a share of £3.3 million to help meet the needs of those affected by poverty at Christmas and in the new year, part of over £500 million committed for social protection since the onset of the pandemic.

A £55 million emergency sports funding package to tackle lost ticket revenue during the pandemic has been announced today by Sports Minister Joe FitzPatrick.

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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