COVID-19: Help and Support

Specific Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice can be found in several ways.  Please see below:

Health advice

Health advice can be found on: NHS Inform.

A free helpline can give advice if you do not have symptoms, but are looking for general advice: 0800 028 2816.

The latest information and advice for professionals and organisations is on the Health Protection Scotland website.

Re-opening Guidance for Micro and Small Businesses - 14 July 2020 Update

Guidance has been published to help micro (less than 10 employees) and small (less than 50 employees) companies safely re-open.  This includes four steps to take before and after re-opening.

This guidance is for businesses where there is no sector-specific guidance published. If your business is in a sector for which specific sector guidance has been published then you should follow that.


Supplier Relief Extended - 17 June 2020 Update

The Supplier Relief measure has been extended following consultation with suppliers, businesses and Scottish public bodies.  This extension comes into effect on 1 July 2020. 

Supplier Relief provides guidance to public bodies on the options available to support their suppliers during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak under existing contracts. 

Further details about the extension can be found in Scottish Procurement Policy Note (SPPN) 8/2020 which is in addition to the original SPPN 5/2020.  These SPPN's will be kept under review.

Further advice can be found on COVID-19 support packages available to businesses and their employees.

Business Advice

 If you run a business you can get advice on the Corona (COVID-19) outbreak by calling the helpline: 0300 303 0660. 

This helpline is open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. Select option 1 to speak to the COVID-19 team.

The Find Business Support website gives the latest information and advice.   This includes topics such as: how to apply for a Business Interruption Scheme Loan; how to provide testing kits; and relaxation of drivers hours rule. 

Benefits and Employment Rights 

Further advice can be found on COVID-19 support packages available to businesses and their employees.

Advice about benefits and employment rights is on Citizens Advice Scotland.

Help your Community and Volunteering Advice

Information on how to help your community is on the Ready Scotland website.

General Advice and Support

General advice and support can be provided by the organisations and agencies detailed in Support Available