Guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Information for individuals and businesses in Scotland

Use this page to navigate the guidance on the virus for people in Scotland.

Individuals and families

Health

Read the latest information on COVID-19 from Health Protection Scotland.

Find out about the latest advice on Scotland’s NHS Inform and use the NHS Inform Coronavirus COVID-19 Symptom Checker.

Staying at Home and shielding

Read the Scottish Government’s guidance on staying at home and away from others (physical distancing) for people in Scotland.

Also read guidance for households with possible coronavirus infections in Scotland.

Also read advice for people, including children, who are at very high risk of severe illness from coronavirus in Scotland.

Testing in Scotland

The Scottish Government have published guidance on coronavirus testing in Scotland. If eligible, you can ask for a coronavirus test.

Scotland’s route map through and out of the crisis

The Scottish Government have published a coronavirus framework for decision making. It gives an indication of the order in which Scotland will carefully and gradually seek to change current restrictions.

Guidance for employees

Read all the latest guidance for employees including details about staying at home, Statutory Sick Pay and Universal Credit.

Also check if your employer can use the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme to cover 80% of your regular wage, up to a monthly cap of £2,500.

Sickness and disability benefits

Face-to-face assessments for all sickness and disability benefits will be temporarily suspended for 3 months from Tuesday 17 March.

No further action is required by any claimant as a result of this change. They will be contacted with advice on next steps.

Travel

Find out all the latest travel advice and sign up for travel alerts via the Foreign and Commonwealth (FCO) website.

Education

Find the latest guidance on physical distancing in education and childcare settings on the Scottish Government website.

Housing

The UK Government has agreed with mortgage lenders that they will offer repayment holidays of 3 months to households in financial difficulty due to COVID-19. Customers who are concerned about their current financial situation should contact their lender at the earliest possible opportunity to discuss if this is a suitable option for them.

Community support

Businesses

General guidance for employers

The Scottish Government has published guidance for businesses in Scotland on physical distancing.

Find coronavirus financial support for your business

Use the business support finder to see what support is available for you and your business.

UK Government support for businesses

The UK Government has set out a package of measures to protect public services, people and businesses through this period of disruption caused by COVID-19.

Businesses in Scotland could be eligible to benefit from the following schemes and announcements:

Support for the self-employed:

Support for small and medium sized businesses:

Support for larger businesses:

Scottish Government support for businesses

The Scottish Government has a summary of their support available to businesses in Scotland. Scottish Government coronavirus business support and advice is also available at the Find Business Support website.

Business support helplines

HMRC tax helpline

HMRC has set up a helpline for businesses and self-employed people who are concerned about paying their tax due to COVID-19.

Call 08000 241222 for help and advice.

Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm

Find out about call charges.

Scottish Government helpline

If you run a business in Scotland you can also get advice by calling the Scottish Government’s helpline: 0300 303 0660. It is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. Select option 1 to speak to the COVID-19 team.

How you can help

Use the UK Government’s service to tell us how your business might be able to help with the response to coronavirus.

Published 23 March 2020
Last updated 21 May 2020 + show all updates
  1. Full update including the Scottish Government's route map through and out of the crisis.

  2. Updated links to Scottish Government guidance

  3. Added details of the new support package for innovative firms and Bounce Back Loans.

  4. Full update on all existing guidance for individuals and businesses.

  5. Added the Scottish Government's business support helpline number.

  6. Updated UK Government business support links

  7. Updated to include the Self-employment Income Support Scheme

  8. Updated to reflect HMRC's new helpline number and opening hours.

  9. Updated with latest UK Government advice on business closures and the opening of the Scottish Government's Business Support Fund.

  10. First published.