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Scottish Government Daily Update - Tuesday 15th 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 the First Minister gave a statement to Parliament where she confirmed East Lothian, Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire will all move up to Level 3 of the COVID-19 protection scale this Friday 18 December at 6pm following rises in the prevalence of the virus in the past week.

All other areas remain unchanged in their levels. However, Cabinet agreed today that there will be a review of the protection levels next week (Tuesday, 22 December) in order to allow for any action to be taken in light of further changes in infection data.

Restrictions on in-home socialising for a number of inhabited islands in the local authority area of Argyll and Bute will be relaxed from Friday at 6pm. These are Islay, Jura, Colonsay, Oronsay, Coll, Tiree, Mull, Iona, Ulva, Erraid and Gometra.  These islands must follow the 6/2 rules for in-home socialising that currently apply to islands in Level 1 areas.

The First Minister also asked people to avoid mixing with other households over Christmas unless absolutely necessary. She also encouraged those who feel they do need to see others to reduce unnecessary contacts as much as possible between now and then to prevent the spread of the virus during the Christmas period.

More information is available here.

Arabic, Gaelic, Mandarin and Polish translations have been added to guidance on forming 'bubbles' over Christmas.

COVID-19 information and available services, including helpline numbers that older people will find valuable has been published.

Funding of £13 million to provide further support for the events sector in Scotland has been announced.

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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