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Scottish Government Daily Update : Wednesday 13th January 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 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.

In a statement to Parliament today, the First Minister confirmed further measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and limit non-essential contact will come into effect at 00.01 on Saturday.

  • Nobody in a Level 4 area should leave or remain outside their home except for essential purposes.
  • Working from home arrangements will be strengthened through updated statutory guidance. Working from home should now be the default position for all businesses and services.
  • From Saturday non-essential click and collect retail services will be prohibited in Level 4 areas and there will be further changes to how services open for essential purposes operate. Timeslots will be required for collection and people should not enter a store to collect an item. 
  • Businesses providing takeaway food will also operate on a ‘non-entry’ basis only.
  • Restrictions banning the consumption of alcohol in public places will also be introduced.

Read the First Minister’s full statement here.

Finance Secretary Kate Forbes is urging the UK Government to release £21.3 billion of reserves to help tackle the impact of COVID-19. She has written to the Chancellor asking that the Scottish Government be given its share of the funds now. Read more here.

Temporary financial support of up to £3.8 million will be made available for each four week period of restrictions to support day care of children providers and childminding settings caring for 12 or more children who remain open for vulnerable and keyworker children during current restrictions as part of a new package of £45 million to help local authorities to provide support to schools and families as they deal with the challenges of remote learning during lockdown. More information is available here.

Stay at Home guidance and guidance on working from home have been updated to reflect latest legislation.

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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