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Scottish Government Daily Update Thursday 11th February 2021

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 has information on all the support available to businesses that have been affected by COVID-19 restrictions. We would encourage businesses to check the website for more information on what support they are eligible for and how they can apply.

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 First Minister said people told to self-isolate through the Protect Scotland app can now download a certificate on their phone which can be used as proof when claiming self-isolation support or contacting an employer.

The First Minister welcomed the news that 1,048,747 people in Scotland have now received their first dose of the vaccine. She warned that there could be a reduction in the number of appointments scheduled in the coming weeks with slightly lower stocks of the vaccine received than had been expected, however the programme can be rapidly accelerated if vaccine supplies increase again.

The full statement is available here.

A further £17.5 million of emergency COVID-19 funding has been allocated to support creative freelancers and the events sector. Of that, £8.5 million will go towards the events sector and the remaining £9 million will be distributed as a top-up to the Creative Freelancers Hardship Fund.

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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