Coronavirus guidance for small and micro businesses

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What does this involve?

The Scottish Government has issued guidance to help micro (less than 10 employees) and small (less than 50 employees) companies safely reopen.

It sets out our expectations on the steps that should be taken before and after re-opening.

This guidance is for small and micro business in Scotland. It came into effect on 13 July 2020 and extends until further notice. It will be reviewed in line with the regular three-weekly review of lockdown requirements. 

There are four key areas to consider when planning to reopen, while still minimising the transmission of the virus:

  • assess risk
  • communicate with employees before reopening
  • put in place infection and control measures
  • after reopening, continue to check and review

What does this cost?

This is a free service.

Who is this for?

This guidance is for businesses where there is no sector-specific guidance published. If your business is in a sector for which specific sector guidance has been published then you should follow that.

How long does this take?

You can read the guidance at your own pace.

Important information

This guidance is one of a set of documents about how to work safely in different types of workplace.

It sets out the Scottish Government's expectations on the steps that should be taken before and after reopening.

It does not constitute legal advice, and you may wish to seek your own advice to ensure compliance with all legal duties.

Next steps

Visit the Scottish Government website for more information. 

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