COVID-19 Government Updates

Please see below for up-to-date information and resources for both the Scotland and UK Government's advice on the current coronavirus situation.

Information and advice is constantly changing. I will continue to post on my website to keep communities updated.

Stay at Home, Protect the NHS, Save Lives 

The Scottish Government's advice remains to stay at home except in the following limited circumstances

  • Shopping for basic necessities, such as food and medicine as infrequently as possible
  • Daily exercise e.g. a walk, run or cycle. Exercise can take place outdoors as often as you like, as long as social distancing rules are observed. 
  • Any medical need, to provide care or to help vulnerable person
  • Travelling to and from work, but only when this absolutely cannot be done from home
  • To ensure basic animal welfare needs are met, including taking dogs out when necessary

For more information on the latest guidance: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus

Coronavirus Symptoms and Treatment 

New guidelines have also been issued around accessing treatment for coronavirus to reduce the strain on the NHS:

  • Patients with symptoms are being asked to call NHS 24 on 111, day or night, if their symptoms do not improve within seven days 
  • Callers to the 111 helpline will be assessed and, if necessary, transferred to a community hub staffed by clinicians across the healthcare system to ensure that patients get the best possible advice at the right time 
  • Depending on their assessment, patients may be given advice to help them continue to self isolate at home or be given an appointment to attend a local assessment centre for further treatment 
  • If you require a sick note due to coronavirus, you can get this from the NHS Inform website

Visit the NHS Inform website to learn more about symptoms of the virus and how to stay safe:

Covid-19 National Helpline

If you are at high risk for contracting Covid-19 and do not have family or community support, please call 0800 111 4000 Monday-Friday 9-5pm for more information on the support available in your area. 

Education 

For advice on nurseries, childcare and schools, please contact your local authority

For information on Covid-19's impact on education in Scotland visit:

https://www.gov.scot/publications/statement-covid19-managing-impacts-scottish-education/

The latest SQA examination and qualifications advice is available at https://www.sqa.org.uk/sqa/70972.html

For advice on home schooling contact Education Otherwise 01786 831 066

Travel and Transport 

To view the latest travel and transport advice please visit:

https://www.transport.gov.scot/our-approach/coronavirus-covid-19/

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

Housing 

For the latest information please visit the Scottish Housing Regulator:

https://www.housingregulator.gov.scot/about-us/news/regulator-makes-immediate-changes-to-its-regulatory-approach-in-response-to-coronavirus

Business Support 

Please visit the Scottish Government's business continuity page in the first instance:

https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/coronavirus-advice

For urgent issues and more detailed questions that cannot be answered on the FBS website please contact the Scottish Government helpline:

https://www.gov.scot/news/covid-19-helpline-for-scottish-businesses/

Further detailed information can also be found through the UK Government guidance for employers and businesses and employees:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-guidance-for-employees

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-coronavirus-covid-19

Social Security and Benefits

Advice on Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) is available through the HMRC Employees Enquiry Helpline on 03000 299 3212 or visit https://www.gov.uk/statutory-sick-pay

For new Universal Credit applications call 08000 328 5644 or visit https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit

For all other benefits enquiries visit https://www.gov.uk/browse/benefits

Council Services 

For the latest information on changes to local services in your area, please consult your Local Authority through the links below:

Aberdeen City Council- https://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/services/people-and-communities/coronavirus-covid-19

Aberdeenshire Council- https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/featured-items/coronavirus-covid-19/

Angus Council- https://www.angus.gov.uk/coronavirus

Dundee City Council- https://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/news/article?article_ref=3587

Vehicle MOT Testing 

From Monday the 30th of March 2020, vehicle owners will be automatically granted a six-month exemption form MOT testing. This allows everyone to commute to work where this absolutely cannot be done from home or to shop for necessities. Motorists must continue to keep their vehicles in a roadworthy condition and garages will remain open if you need repairs.

If your MOT certificate is due to expire or has already expired, please contact your insurance company to ensure that coverage will continue. 

For more information on this scheme, please visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-mots-for-cars-vans-and-motorcycles-due-from-30-march-2020

Advice and Support

Advice Direct Scotland, which delivers the national consumer advice service on behalf of the Scottish Government, have created a dedicated hub to offer information and guidance on a variety of Coronavirus-related issues, including housing, employment, finances, and advice for consumers.

The hub will be frequently updated in line with new guidance and legislation and can be accessed here. You can also contact them on 0808 800 9060 from 9-5pm, Mondays to Fridays, or via a live webchat on their website.