21st March 2020

Communication received from Scottish Government on 20th March, 7pm:

The First Minister has said that COVID-19 is the biggest challenge of our lifetimes and asked everyone to follow health advice. Restaurants, cafes, pubs, gyms and cinemas are being asked to close.

The Chancellor has unveiled a further series of measures to support businesses.

Following yesterday’s announcement that schools are to close, guidance on childcare provision for key workers has been published.

This is a fast-moving situation and we are working hard to expand the information available.  A specific Q&A on rates reliefs and grants was published yesterday and the findbusinesssupport.gov.scot website is updated regularly in relation to Covid-19.  There is also a separate HMRC helpline for tax issues at 0800 015 9559.

Updates on public health advice for coronavirus can be found on the NHS Inform website.

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