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 Safe, Protect Others, Save Lives 

Scotland Moved to the Third Phase of Exiting Lockdown on 9 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. 

To view the latest Scottish Government guidance click here. 

Coronavirus Testing 

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. 

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.