Key Information and Support

Here you’ll find the Key information and support available throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Please get in touch with any specific questions or if you cannot find what you’re looking for.

Now that Scotland has moved beyond Level 0, most legal restrictions have been removed but some precautionary measures remain in place until Scottish Government confirms otherwise. The key guidance document from Scottish Government to which all businesses and workplaces should refer is Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer businesses and workplaces.

Where we are now 

Most legal restrictions have been lifted from 9 August 2021, and the remaining restrictions and precautionary measures are to be reviewed every 3 weeks. At present:

  • All businesses can open provided relevant protective measures are in place
  • There is no requirement to physically distance from others and no restrictions on social gatherings (within the limits set for indoor/outdoor events)
  • There are no limits on the number of people who can attend weddings, funerals and civil partnerships
  • Exemptions are in place to the self-isolation rules for close contacts of a positive COVID-19 case. Adults who meet the following criteria will have to self-isolate initially, but can end their self-isolation provided:
    • They have received two vaccine doses and;
    • It has been at least two weeks since their last vaccine dose and;
    • They do not show any symptoms of COVID-19 and;
    • They return a negative PCR test (guidance on getting tested)
  • Home working remains advised but staff can return to offices in line with staff wellbeing discussions and business need

Mandatory precautionary measures

  • Face coverings must be worn in most indoor spaces, including workplaces, unless covered by one of the specific exemptions
  • Individuals should self-isolate immediately if they develop COVID-19 symptoms
  • Test & Protect – the collection of customer details remains mandatory in hospitality settings and recommended for other business settings. The Chamber’s #ProtectNorthHighlands system is available for free to all businesses within the North Highlands.

Advisory precautionary measures

  • Get vaccinated when offered – support staff to get the COVID-19 vaccine and encourage appointment uptake
  • Good hand hygiene and surface cleaning – key measures include:
    • Providing access to sanitiser and hand-washing facilities
    • Regular cleaning of work equipment, chairs and work stations
    • Regular cleaning and sanitising of break out areas
  • Continued promotion of good ventilation – see the Scottish Government guidance and the Health & Safety Executive guidance for more information
  • Working from home and hybrid working – Scottish Government continues to ask businesses to support working from home where possible, and in the longer term to look at a hybrid model of home and office working

This document offers HR advice to businesses:

Download a PDF version of the Coronavirus HR Guide here.

General useful information across various sectors:

Page updated: 09/08/2021

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