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Scottish Government Daily Update - Wednesday 27th 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.

At today’s media briefing the First Minister said travel restrictions will be vitally important and a key way to help stop cases and new variants of COVID-19 being imported into Scotland, with further steps being laid out next week. This follows the UK Government announcing new tougher border controls to protect public health.

Watch the First Minister’s full statement here.

Three new funds to support businesses uniquely affected by COVID-19 will launch this week. From today, local authorities will start to approach brewers, travel agents and indoor football centres inviting them to claim grants of £10,000 or £25,000. A higher payment of £30,000 will be available to the largest brewers. Read more here.

Regulations on work being carried out in someone else’s home for the maintenance, upkeep or functioning of that home state that work must only be carried out where it is essential or if the house is unoccupied. This applies to anyone carrying out work, voluntary or charitable services and businesses should consider if work is essential before entering someone else’s home or asking an employee to do so. Guidance has been updated to include examples of what may and may not be considered essential.

Statutory guidance on working from home during the pandemic has been updated. You must not leave home for work if that work can be done from home. Employers must not ask employees to travel for work which can be done from home or encourage, authorise or make arrangements that would allow or put pressure on employees to break the law.

More than £25 million is going to disadvantaged and remote communities around Scotland to support regeneration and employment projects. The money from the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund (RCGF) will go to 26 projects to tackle inequalities and deliver inclusive growth.

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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