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Economic recovery and how to return to work safely

As we ease out of lockdown, look towards getting back to work and how the economy can recover post COVID-19, the Scottish Government and partner organisations are publishing guidance on the steps we all need to take. 

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Scottish Government guidance - latest updates

Updated 11 October: Planning foreign travel, quarantine rules and information on testing for people entering Scotland

Updated 05 October: Guidance for businesses and workplaces - including laboratories and research facilities - on reducing the risk of COVID-19 and supporting staff and customers.

Updated 28 September: COVID-19 vaccine certification scheme - information for businesses and event organisers

Updated 28 September: COVID-19 vaccine certification update The scheme will come into force from 5am on Friday 01 October 2021. Any events or settings that meet the criteria for certification will need to use certification from this date onwards, until further notice.

Updated 23 September: Latest Scottish Government advice to people at highest risk from Covid has been updated.

Updated 27 August: COVID-19: use of face coverings in social care settings including adult care homes face masks are the final layer of protection from COVID-19, the other layers of protection include physical distancing, hand hygiene, enhanced cleaning, and good ventilation remain paramount.

Updated 27 August: The Scottish Government has published guidance on ventilation to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in indoor settings. It includes guidance specifically for businesses, including workplaces and commercial properties. You can also download a copy of the advice card published on 28 May (PDF, 107 KB).

Updated 13 August: COVID-19 guidance on returning to offices This guidance is to help employers plan for a phased and limited return to offices in Level 0 of the coronavirus pandemic.

Updated 13 August: The COVID-19 guidance for creating and maintaining safer workplaces Guidance on safer working during the coronavirus pandemic for businesses and organisations. This guidance replaces most of the previously issued guidance, including some sectors. 

New 11 August: Workplace testing rolled out Organisations with ten or more employees can now sign up for asymptomatic workplace testing as part of an enhanced drive to identify emerging coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and break chains of transmission.  

Updated 22 June: COVID-19 Strategic Framework update sets out how and why the COVID-19 response strategy will change in light of new conditions, and what a move beyond Level 0 will look like.

Updated 22 June: COVID-19 review of physical distancing in Scotland The outcome of a review of physical distancing in public places, taking account of the science, and the current and projected state of the epidemic in Scotland in light of our vaccine roll-out and the ‘four harms’ of the virus.

26 April: Check In Scotland launched - A new digital service to support businesses in collecting contact details for contact tracing purposes, Check in Scotland, is now available in participating venues. The Check in Scotland service will enable people to quickly and securely provide their contact details by scanning the official Test & Protect Check in Scotland QR code poster via their smartphone camera or by downloading the Check in Scotland app. The Check In Scotland app is available to download for free via the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

21 April: Scottish Government - Reopening Assets With workplaces and services resuming, employers are asked to ensure safety information is clearly highlighted. Keeping employees and customers informed is key to ensuring the workplace is a safe place to be.

The Scottish Government have created assets for you to display within your premises and digitally through websites or social media which you can freely download for use from DropBox

Published 20 November: The Scottish Government has published a series of maps showing boundaries for each of Scotland's 32 local authority areas to help people identify local protection levels and the areas they apply.

Download the Protect Scotland contact tracing app

The Protect Scotland app from NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect is a free, mobile phone app designed to help us protect each other and reduce the spread of coronavirus.

The app will alert you if you have been in close contact with another app user who tests positive for coronavirus. And if you test positive, it can help in determining contacts that you may have otherwise missed while keeping your information private and anonymous.

Download the app to stay safe, protect others and save lives. 

Guidance for businesses on returning to work safely  

The UK and Scottish Government continue to publish updated guidance on the steps you need to take and what will help you resume business within the current limitations. 

Updates are published on FindBusinessSupport.gov.scot daily so keep an eye on that site and if you sign-up for the email updates, you'll be notified of all available support and guidance as it's issued. 

We've highlighted some of the key guidance below by Government and other partners which may help you manage your next steps. 

COVID-19 sector guidance