published: Tuesday 17 Nov
Current Support: Furlough, Closure and Business Restrictions
FULL INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT WEBSITE:
Speaking in the Scottish Parliament earlier, the First Minister announced the outcomes of the 2nd review of the COVID-19 Strategic Framework.
For the areas going into Tier 4, these measures will be in place from three weeks, as of Friday, and will expire on 11th December.
You can find a full list of what Tier 4 measures entail here – COVID protection level 4.
And more detail behind the Scottish Government’s criteria and rationale for its decision-making here – Coronavirus (COVID-19): local protection levels
Key Business Information:
Only essential retail will be able to remain open in Level 4 providing they follow and have implemented Scottish Government guidance to ensure the safety of customers and staff.
Click and collect, on-line services and outdoor retail, such as garden centres, outdoor markets and car lots, can also remain open.
Whilst retailers will implement procedures to ensure the safety of customers and staff it is an individual’s responsibility to ensure they comply with the following guidance:
Get help: If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and are self-isolating, or are vulnerable or shielding and you need essential items like food or medicine you should request assistance from friends, family, community support groups, make an online order, or call the National Helpline on 0800 111 4000.
Offices, call centres and other workplaces
People are advised to work from home wherever that is practicable.
Businesses which provide essential services can continue to operate, such as those in Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) sector (CNI) sector, courts and tribunals. There are 13 designated CNI sectors including agriculture and food production, activity to maintain the food supply chain, energy and transport.
Not all CNI activity will be essential. Those operations which can be done effectively through home working should be adopted.
Outdoor workplaces, construction, manufacturing, veterinary services and film and TV production can also remain open. They should plan for the minimum number of people needed on site to operate safely and effectively.
Home visits by contractors should only be for essential services.
Restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars will be closed. Sectors guidance is at: sector guidance for tourism and hospitality
Takeaways can still operate as normal, provided food and drink is sold for consumption off premises. Face coverings and physical distancing rules must be followed.
Hotels and other accommodation providers can still serve food to qualifying guests i.e. key or exempt workers, staying in their premises up to 22:00. Room service, including alcohol, is allowed as normal.
Close contact retail services
Close contact services and mobile close contact service providers must not operate in Level 4. Read more: Read more: Guidance for close contact services
Close contact services includes:
Leisure and entertainment
All leisure and entertainment premises must be closed (except for use in limited circumstances).
Film and TV production can continue to take place. All such activity must be done in compliance with industry guidance.
All holiday accommodation is closed to tourism. Hotels, B&Bs and self-catering can remain open for essential customers only:
When providing accommodation to workers, this should only be open for essential workers who require accommodation as part of their role. Workers accommodation guidance.
Breaching the restrictions in the Regulations is a criminal offence, unless you have a “reasonable excuse” for doing so. This means that accommodation providers may offer accommodation to customers in other circumstances provided it is an essential purpose. An example of this would be where someone needs accommodation for an essential hospital visit.
In line with Competition and Markets Authority guidance, a full refund should be offered to customers who booked holiday homes, but could not stay in them due to lockdown restrictions. The regulation of consumer protection is the responsibility of the UK Government at Westminster. The Competition and Markets Authority has issued guidance to businesses and consumers about refunds
Travel and transport
Travel restrictions will be put into law on 20 November to further enforce the current guidance that restricts people who live in a Level 3 or Level 4 local authority area from travelling outside their local authority except for an essential purpose – such as work or caring responsibilities.
The regulations also prevent non-essential travel into a Level 3 or 4 local authority area, except for the same reasons.
FULL TIER 4 INFORMATION AVAILABLE AT SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT WEBSITE