Coronavirus business and physical distancing guidance

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What does this involve?

Each area of Scotland has been assigned to a COVID protection level. Find out what you can and cannot do based on the local area that you live, work or travel in.

The Scottish Government has published guidance for businesses on physical distancing. It covers:

  • what counts as an ‘essential service’
  • how to continue operating responsibly
  • which businesses should stay closed
  • which businesses can stay open
  • regulations around compliance

If you’re not sure whether to stay open, or how to continue running your business in a way that keeps your staff and customers safe, this guidance can help.

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

All businesses in Scotland. 

How long does this take?

The full guidance should take around 10 to 15 minutes to read, but you may only need to read the parts which are relevant to your business.

Important information

Employers and employees should discuss their working arrangements, including with trade unions where present. Employers should take every possible step to facilitate their employees working from home, including providing suitable IT support and equipment to enable remote working.

Employers who have people in their offices or on-site must take all reasonable measures to ensure that employees are able to maintain a 2-metre distance from each other. They should also follow NHS Inform and Scottish Government guidance on frequent hand washing (for at least 20 seconds each time, or using hand sanitiser gel if soap and water is not available).

Next steps

Visit the Scottish Government website for more information and to read the guidance.

Support provided by Scottish Government

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