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 Prime Minister has instructed everyone in the UK to stay at home and only leave in the following limited circumstances:

  • Shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible
  • One form of exercise a day e.g. a walk, run or cycle 
  • 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

For full UK Government guidance on staying at home and away from others please visit: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others 

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:

Education 

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

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

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

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.

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