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Coronavirus Business Support

Attention is now firmly focussed on Government plans around the relaxation of lockdown measures and the economic re-start. As you will be aware, on 21st May 2020 the Scottish Government published its’ ‘Route Map Through and Out of the Crisis’.

To support a safe re-start, the Scottish Government has also begun to issue guidance for specific sectors:

Guidance for the tourism and hospitality sector, published 18th June. This includes information on assessing risk, workforce planning and training, as well as an operational checklist. This offers a usable guide for businesses to follow to ensure that they have made sufficient provisions for the health and safety of their staff and customers.

Guidance for the construction sector. More information on the ‘Construction Restart Plan’ can also be found here. This details what works can restart and how, now that we are moving into Phase 2 of the Scottish Governments Routemap.

Guidance for the retail sector has also been published. This guidance includes details on procedures for staff and customer safety and an operations checklist for businesses re-opening. This has come into effect immediately, and extends until further notice with regular reviews in line with lockdown plans.

Guidance for the manufacturing sector is now available. This sets out Scottish Government expectations on what manufacturers of all sizes and sub-sectors need to consider when they restart and, in the case of the manufacture of essential goods where companies have remained open, it establishes a framework for ongoing action to ensure those workplaces continue to change and operate safely.

New guidance for passengers and operators in Scotland was announced on 26 May by Transport Secretary Michael Matheson, as part of the Transport Transition Plan. Face coverings will also be mandatory on public transport from Monday 22 June, as part of operators’ preparations for progress towards recovery and to reduce the risk of transmission. It will apply to all passengers and staff in public areas, although there will be exemptions especially for those who are not able to wear a face covering for specific medical reasons. Children under five will also be exempt.

Through our links with Scottish Chambers of Commerce, we are playing an active role in informing and shaping the Sector Guidance. If you’d like to feed into this process, please contact info@melcc.org.uk This is also the place to send any views you have on Scotland’s exit planning, and to share what support your business or sector needs to ensure you can safely and securely restart operations as soon as government guidelines allow. 

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