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 Coronavirus COVID-19 Symptom Checker.

Read the full guidance on staying at home and away from others for everyone in the UK.

Read stay-at-home guidance for households with possible coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

Also read guidance on shielding and protecting people defined as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.

Guidance for employees

The UK Government has published extensive guidance for employers of all sizes and types, including details on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and what to do if someone is suspected or confirmed to have the virus.

Sickness and disability benefits

Face-to-face assessments for all sickness and disability benefits will be temporarily suspended for the next 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.

Children

Find the latest advice for helping children through this time 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 UK Government has published extensive guidance for employers of all sizes and types, including details on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and what to do if someone is suspected or confirmed to have the virus.

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.

All businesses in Scotland could 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 announced a package of measures worth £2.2 billion to support Scottish businesses.

Changes have been made to business rates in Scotland for 2020-2021 along with extra rates relief.

Businesses in Scotland can apply to the Business Support Fund for a grant to help them deal with the impact of the outbreak.

Business can use the Scottish Enterprise business support finder to find out what is available to them.

Business support helplines

HMRC has set up a helpline for businesses and self-employed people across the UK who are concerned about paying their tax due to COVID-19. You can now call them on 08000 241222. Opening hours are from 8am to 4pm Monday to Friday.

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

The UK Government is looking for businesses who might be able to help with the response to coronavirus.

You can also:

Published 23 March 2020
Last updated 8 April 2020 + show all updates
  1. Full update on all existing guidance for individuals and businesses.

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

  3. Updated UK Government business support links

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

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

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

  7. First published.