What do the new coronavirus levels in Scotland mean for my business?

Blogs 29 Oct 2020

New Scotland coronavirus levels

Information correct as of 29th October

What are the coronavirus levels?

The Scottish Government published a strategic framework for managing the Coronavirus in Scotland that bring in 5 levels of restriction to help supress the virus.

The levels from 0-4 will introduce different levels of restrictions depending on transmission of the virus in each local authority in Scotland. With 0 being as close to normality as possible and level 4 being closer to the full lockdown experienced in the Spring.

What does each level mean for my business?

A summary of each level is below you can find the full details on the Scottish Government website.

Level 0
  • Most businesses can open including hospitality, accommodation providers and mobile close contact services such as hairdressers
  • Indoor, in-home and outdoor socialising permitted with 8 people from 3 households indoors and 15 people from 5 households outdoors
  • Working from home is the default
  • No traveling to level 3 or 4 area except for essential purposes
Level 1
  • Indoor socialising is restricted to six people from two households (this is not in place in any level 1 area at the moment)
  • Hospitality businesses can open and sell alcohol but there will be a 10:30pm curfew with last entry at 9:30pm.
  • Most businesses can open however working from home is still the default
  • No traveling to level 3 or 4 area except for essential purposes
Level 2
  • No indoor socialising
  • Hospitality businesses are open, however alcohol can only be sold with a main meal indoors with a curfew of 8pm, alcohol can sold outdoors with a curfew of 10:30pm
  • Mobile close contact services must close
  • Soft play, funfairs, indoor bowling, theatres, snooker/pool halls, music venues, casinos, nightclubs and adult entertainment businesses must close
  • Working from home is the default
  • No traveling to level 3 or 4 area except for essential purposes
Level 3
  • No indoor socialising
  • Hospitality businesses cannot sell alcohol and must close at 6pm
  • Retail and close contact service can open, however mobile close contact services must close
  • No indoor or outdoor event permitted
  • All leisure and entertainment venues, including cinemas, must close
  • Working from home remains the default
  • No traveling outside the local authority area except for essential purposes
Level 4
  • No socialising indoors
  • Hospitality businesses must close
  • Accommodation providers can not open for tourists
  • Non-essential shops, close contact services, public buildings and leisure and entertainment venues must close
  • No indoor or outdoor events
  • No non-essential travel outside the level 4 area
  • Working from home remains the default
What level is my local authority in?

You can find what level each local authority is in on the Scottish Government website. No local authority is in level 0 or level 4.

What business support is available?

If your business is required to close by law or to significantly change its operations due to COVID-19 restrictions, you may be eligible to apply for grant funding. Funding will cover any closures with the earliest claim date being 2 November 2020. Applications must be submitted through your local authority, more information and links to local authority websites can be found on findbusinesssupport.gov.scot


 

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