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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 13 July: COVID-19 protection levels: what you can do. Scotland follows a COVID-19 levels system (0-4). Each has a different set of rules on what you can and cannot do. Find out the level and rules for an area. From 19 July all of Scotland will move into Level 0.

Updated 13 July: Changes to international travel on 19 July From Monday 19 July some people will no longer need to self-isolate or take a day 8 test if they are coming to Scotland from an amber list country. This will apply to UK residents who have received a full course of the vaccine through the NHS, and 14 days have passed. It will also include certain people participating in clinical trials, as well as some overseas military and diplomatic staff.

For residents in Scotland, a printed record of vaccination must be obtained before travel and shown throughout your return journey in order to use this exemption. This can be obtained through NHS inform.

Updated 09 July: Advice for people on the shielding list has been updated.

Updated 02 July: 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 23 June: 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 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.

Updated 28 May: Advice card on ventilation in the workplace (PDF, 107 KB) now available.

Updated 27 May: The COVID-19 guidance for creating and maintaining safer workplaces Guidance on safer working during the coronavirus pandemic for businesses and organisations not covered by sectoral guidance, for example general offices. Updated on 28 April to reflect the latest situation. Sectoral guidance can be found lower down this page. 

New 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

A new Scottish Government Advice Card highlighting key ventilation practice within the workplace is also now available as a downloadable PDF. Keeping the workplace well ventilated is vital to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 and keep employees, customers and local communities safe. 

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