Resources for COVID-19

Please see below resources for the COVID-19 pandemic:


The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 - identify categories of business which still require to remain closed and outline physical distancing requirements for those permitted to trade. Officers of Environmental Health are authorised officers under the regulation.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Additional Temporary Measures) (Scotland) Regulations 2020 - Legislation to introduce temporary restrictions to help reduce the spread of the virus. 

Scottish Government approach and strategy

Coronavirus in Scotland- what you need to know - Scottish Governments Coronavirus dedicated webpage

Scotland's Strategic Framework - this document sets out the strategic approach to suppress the virus to the lowest possible level and keep it there, while we strive to return to a more normal life for as many people as possible.

·       Local protection levels - Find out the COVID protection level for each local area and get information on what you can and cannot do at each level.

Phase 3: staying safe and protecting others - Rules on staying safe and protecting others to help suppress coronavirus (COVID-19).

Staying Safe

What you can and cannot do - Includes information on seeing friends and family, travel, and guidance for students on visits home.

Face Coverings - This information relates to the use of face coverings in public spaces and workplaces where physical distancing is not always possible.

Guidance for retail, tourism and hospitality customers - Guidance for customers on how the retail experience in shops, tourism and hospitality businesses is changing due to coronavirus.

NHS Inform Website - health advice, including a symptom checker and guidance for households with possible coronavirus infection

Getting tested in Scotland - Guidance on coronavirus testing, including who is eligible for a test, how to get tested and the different types of test available.

·       Protect Scotland - The Protect Scotland app from NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect is a free, mobile phone app designed to help us protect each other and reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Sector Specific Guidance

Scottish Government Sector Specific Guidance- guidance about coronavirus (COVID-19), including business, health, education and housing.

Retail sector guidance- for the retail sector, including close contact services such as hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons, which covers procedures for staff and customer safety and an operations checklist and also questions and answers page 

Tourism and hospitality sector guidance - for the tourism and hospitality sector, including procedures for staff and customer safety and an operations checklist.

Hospitality sector statutory guidance - aims to increase hospitality industry compliance with measures to stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), and keep the sector safely open. It applies as of 14 August 2020 until further notice to businesses operating in the hospitality sector. 

Hospitality Frequently Asked Questions - these questions and answers are aimed at providing further clarity to hospitality businesses following publication of Scottish Government sectoral guidance

Alcohol and civic licensing - Summary of temporary changes to aid users of alcohol licensing and other licensing systems during the coronavirus outbreak.

Public libraries guidance - Information and advice to help public libraries re-open safely.

Guidance on sport and leisure facilities - Guidance for the opening of indoor and outdoor sport and leisure facilities with physical distancing and hygiene measures.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): event sector guidance - for the events sector on safe re-opening during the coronavirus pandemic.

Organised activities for children - Guidance for the safe running of organised activities for children and young people.

Guidance for the performing arts and venues sector - Guidance for the performing arts and venues sector on safe re-opening during the coronavirus pandemic.

Opening public and customer toilets - on opening of public and customer toilets during the coronavirus pandemic.

Test and Protect: multi-sector guidance on collection of customer and visitor contact details- guidance to support customer and visitor data gathering for businesses and other establishments to assist contact tracing as part of NHS Scotland's Test and Protect system.

Other Relevant Guidance

Health Protection Scotland- COVID-19 - guidance for non-healthcare settings is to support those working in non-healthcare settings give advice to their staff and users of their services about COVID-19. This guidance covers:

  •  what COVID-19 is and how it is spread
  • advice on how to prevent spread of all respiratory infections including COVID-19
  • advice on what to do if someone is ill in a work​​place or other non-healthcare setting
  • advice on what will happen if an individual is being investigated as a possible case or is confirmed as a case of COVID-19

Food Standards Scotland- COVID-19 Guidance for Food Business Operators and Their Employees aims to assist all businesses in the food and drink sector in following government guidance on infection prevention and control measures against COVID-19. The guidance includes a risk assessment tool which provides a way of allowing all FBOs to document the measures they have taken and also a checklist to support the risk assessment. 

UK Hospitality- COVID-19 advice and risk assessments for hospitality businesses, businesses are encouraged to refer to this when implementing, and reviewing their COVID-19 measures and can be used in conjunction with other advice. It has consolidated advice and good practice from many parts of the Scottish hospitality and visitor sector into one guidance document, to help businesses make their workplaces safe and secure, in line with Scottish Government guidance. 

Health and Safety Executive - Coronavirus (COVID-19): latest information and advice

·       Working safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak- follow this guide for an overview of practical measures you can take. It includes help with how to maintain social distancing in your workplace, staggering shifts, cleaning and how to talk with workers.

·       Air conditioning and ventilation during the coronavirus outbreak

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