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Scottish Government Daily Update - Wednesday 9th 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 testing statistics, including National Records of Scotland’s weekly update on deaths involving the virus.

Read the full speech here.

Finance Secretary Kate Forbes has announced a new £185 million package of targeted COVID-19 support for businesses. A wide range of sectors will benefit, from taxi drivers and arts venues to travel agents and hospitality.

In addition, there will be additional one-off payments to hospitality businesses in January to help them deal with the traditional post-Christmas dip in demand. These will be of £2,000 or £3,000, depending on rateable value.

More detail will be announced in the coming days and businesses can expect to apply for the new grant schemes from January. Read more here.

The £185 million package is part of £1.8 billion of extra funding that has been allocated to tackle the impact of COVID-19 in Scotland. This covers health, transport and business support expenditure, accounting for all but £330 million of the latest consequentials generated by UK Government spending. The remainder of the consequentials will be used to meet further urgent demands relating to both COVID-19 and Brexit up to the end of March 2021. Read more here.

Guidance for the retail sector, including close contact services such as hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons has been updated. The guidance covers procedures for staff and customer safety and an operations checklist.

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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