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.
Coronavirus: Temporary Restrictions- October 2020
Further temporary restrictions to stop the spread of Coronavirus will come into effect from Friday 9 October- including greater restrictions in the central belt region.
The following new measures apply nationwide (excluding the central belt areas of Ayrshire and Arran, Forth Valley, Greater Glasgow and Clyde, Lanarkshire and Lothian):
- Hospitality (food and drink) premises may only open indoors from between 6am and 6pm; with no sale of alcohol permitted
- Hospitality (food and drink) premises may open outdoors until 10 and sell alcohol, where licenced
- Takeaways, including from restaurants and pubs, can continue
- Evening meals can be served in accommodation for residents only; but no alcohol can be served
- Current meeting rules- a maximum of six people from two households- still applies
- Specific life events such as weddings and funerals can continue with alcohol being served with maximum 20 people in regulated premises only
Restrictions on licenced premised will come into force from 18:00 on Friday 9 October, with all other restrictions applying from 00:01 Saturday 10 October and will remain in place for 16 days.
For more information on the measures announced yesterday, please click here.
Stay Safe, Protect Others, Save Lives
Scotland Moved to the Third Phase of Exiting Lockdown on 10 July.
In Phase 3 you can leave your home for any purpose.
However, you should consider how you plan to keep safe and minimise risk before leaving home. Some important considerations include:
- Whether and how you will avoid touching surfaces that others have touched and how you will practise good hand hygiene
- Where physical distancing may be more difficult to follow and how to avoid and reduce risk
- Any additional items you may need to take with you, including hand sanitiser and face coverings- which are now mandatory in all shops and public transport.
Please be considerate by giving way when out and about and bear in mind that some people- for example those with sight loss, autism, learning difficulties, dementia or other communication or mobility needs- may find physical distancing more difficult to follow than others.
New rules introduced on 22 September mean that you must not make indoor social visits to other households.
To view the latest Scottish Government guidance click here.
Protect Scotland App
All smartphone users are being encouraged to download NHS Scotland's free mobile app which is designed to help us protect each other and reduce the risk of transmitting Coronavirus.
The app will alert you if you have been in close contact with another app user who tests positive for Coronavirus. If you test positive it can help in identifying contacts that might have otherwise been missed, while keeping your information private any anonymous.
The app is available to download for both iPhone and Android devices from the Apple and Google Play stores respectively. For more information visit: https://protect.scot/
You can book a test for anyone aged 5 or older with symptoms in your household. Symptoms include a new and continuous cough, fever, or loss of or change in sense of smell or taste (anosmia).
Key workers, and anyone else in their household with symptoms, can access testing through their employer and will be given priority in the first instance.
Visit https://www.nhsinform.scot for the latest guidance on booking a test.
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.
For advice on nurseries, childcare and schools, please contact your local authority
For information on Covid-19's impact on education in Scotland visit:
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:
For the latest information please visit the Scottish Housing Regulator:
Please visit the Scottish Government's business continuity page in the first instance:
For urgent issues and more detailed questions that cannot be answered on the FBS website please contact the Scottish Government helpline:
Further detailed information can also be found through the UK Government guidance for employers and businesses and employees:
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
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.