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Scottish Government: Daily Update Wednesday 25th November 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 said detailed guidance will be published this week on the UK-wide agreement for a five day window from 23 December to 27 December where rules around travel and household gatherings will be relaxed slightly.  This will enable people to form a bubble of up to three households for the Christmas period.

Watch the First Minister’s full statement here.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak delivered the UK Government spending review today, pledging to provide billions of pounds in the fight against COVID-19.  Further information is available here.

Finance Secretary Kate Forbes said the spending review did not deliver the levels of investment required for economic recovery as the Chancellor had failed to follow the lead of countries like France, Germany and New Zealand, by bringing forward an economic stimulus package worth £98 billion. Read her statement here.

Scotland’s GDP increased by 1.6% in September, according to statistics announced today by the Chief Statistician. This is the fifth consecutive month of increasing GDP, but output remains 7.6% below the level in February prior to the direct impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Further information is available here.

Guidance on the COVID-19 protection levels for the 11 local authority areas which were moved into level four of the Strategic Framework has been updated to clarify the time at which the restrictions are due to expire. This is 6pm on Friday 11th December. Further information is available 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 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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