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: New Protection Levels
Scotland's new regional system of Coronavirus restrictions came into force on Monday 2 November, with each local authority being placed in one of five possible protection levels and reviewed weekly.
As of 6 am on Friday 13 November Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire will remain in Level 2, while Angus will be moving to Level 3, joining Dundee City.
Those living in a Level 3 or 4 Local Authority area should avoid any unnecessary travel out of their area and those living in Levels 0-2 should avoid any unnecessary travel to Level 3 or 4 areas.
Please consult the Scottish Government's Post Code Checker to find out more about the current protection level in your area and what you can and cannot do.
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
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.