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Scottish Government Daily Update - Wednesday 16th 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.

At today’s media briefing the First Minister gave an update on COVID-19 numbers, including the National Records of Scotland’s weekly update. You can read the First Minister’s full speech here.

The First Minister has joined with the leaders of the UK Government and the Welsh Government in issuing guidance on how the public should approach Christmas celebrations this year. The updated guidance is available here.

Guidance on safer working during the coronavirus pandemic for those businesses / organisations not covered by sectoral guidance, for example general offices has been updated to include information on the festive period.

More than 100 new policies and proposals to support Scotland’s green recovery from the pandemic and help deliver a just transition to net zero have been launched. You can read the full updated Climate Change Plan 2018 – 2032 here. You can read the draft Public Engagement Strategy here.

The Chief Statistician has released statistics showing that the economy grew by 16.0% during the third quarter of 2020, covering the period July to September.

Guidance on arrangements for providing financial support to social care providers for costs relating to the COVID-19 pandemic from December 2020 to March 2021 has been published.

Correspondence and guidance on the latest situation with the coronavirus vaccine in Scotland has been published, full details can be found here.

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 guidace 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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