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Scottish Government Daily Update Thursday 19th February

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 reported that 1,354,966 people in Scotland have now received the first dose of the vaccine and highlighted there was strong and compelling evidence vaccination is starting to work to reduce the number of people dying from COVID-19.

Read the full statement here.

Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop has written to the UK Government calling for them to provide more help for Scottish businesses struggling to trade with the EU post-Brexit. Read the letter here.

Over £2 million is being awarded to 92 projects across the country to help ensure children and young people continue to have access to creative opportunities in the wake of COVID-19. The funding will give young people access to high quality music and arts opportunities and support and provide job opportunities to freelance musicians and youth arts practitioners.

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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