Covid-19 Key primary sources of information

Key primary sources: 

Scottish Government

Coronavirus in Scotland

https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/

NHS Inform

Latest guidance about COVID-19 from NHS Scotland:

https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19

Ready Scotland

Ready Scotland have prepared a useful list of where to go to find additional support for you or someone you know, which will be updated on a rolling basis.

https://www.readyscotland.org/coronavirus/where-to-find-additional-support/

Health, welfare and social security

NHS Inform

Information for the public in Scotland regarding the symptoms of Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the recommended steps people should take if they suspect they have the virus.

https://www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19

Scottish Government £350 million fund to support welfare and wellbeing

Helping communities affected by COVID-19 (councils, charities, businesses and community groups)

https://www.gov.scot/news/helping-communities-affected-by-covid-19/

Age Scotland

Advice for older people and their families on how to avoid exposure to the virus.

https://www.ageuk.org.uk/scotland/information-advice/health-and-wellbeing/coronavirus/

Health Protection Scotland

Guidance for healthcare professionals in Scotland. Health Protection Scotland has issued a range of guidance documents on COVID-19. Including guidance on the management of patients presenting to primary care:

https://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/covid-19/

World Health Organization (WHO)

Rolling global update:

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen

Care Inspectorate

Registration and regulation of all care services (including childcare services)

https://www.careinspectorate.com/index.php/coronavirus-professionals

SSSC  – Scottish Social Services Council

Regulator and register of social care staff

https://news.sssc.uk.com/news/how-we-will-continue-to-regulate-in-light-of-novel-coronavirus-covid-19

British Dental Association

Live updates: Coronavirus and dentistry

https://bda.org/advice/Coronavirus/Pages/latest-updates.aspx

Business and employment

Find business support in Scotland

There is a specific Coronavirus (COVID-19) business continuity page available at: https://findbusinesssupport.gov.scot/coronavirus-advice/ – this should be the first place businesses should look for assistance and is part of a joint response by Scotland’s Enterprise and Skills system (Agencies, Local Authorities, Scottish Government and business/industry organisations).

Scottish Government Helpline

Helpline to handle urgent issues and more detailed questions that can’t be answered on the FBS site:

https://www.gov.scot/news/covid-19-helpline-for-scottish-businesses/

Business Gateway

Help for business owners and their to employees find information on how to deal with concerns about Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the workplace:

https://www.bgateway.com/news/guidance-for-business-owners-in-scotland-on-coronavirus-covid-19

Scottish Government workplace advice in non-healthcare settings

Workplace advice in non-healthcare settings, including tips that apply to people working in hotels and hospitality, leisure facilities, entertainment venues and premises used by community groups.

https://news.gov.scot/news/workplace-advice-contained-in-new-coronavirus-guidance  

UK Government Guidance for Employees

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/covid-19-guidance-for-employees

UK Government Guidance for Employers (and businesses)

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19/guidance-for-employers-and-businesses-on-coronavirus-covid-19

House of Commons blog on employment rights:

https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/social-policy/health/coronavirus-employment-rights-and-sick-pay/

Citizens Advice Scotland has advice for self-employed people: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/scotland/health/coronavirus-what-it-means-for-you/

Housing 

The Scottish Housing Regulator regulates to protect the interests of people who receive the services of social landlords as well as protect the interests of tenants, people who are homeless, and others who use social landlords’ services.  It has made changes to its regulatory approach in response to Coronavirus (COVID-19):

https://www.housingregulator.gov.scot/about-us/news/regulator-makes-immediate-changes-to-its-regulatory-approach-in-response-to-coronavirus

Money Advice Service

Information on how mortgage payment holidays work and the circumstances in which you might be granted one: https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/mortgage-payment-holidays

Education 

Scottish Government

Coronavirus (COVID19) and impact on education

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

Scottish Qualifications Authority

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and impact on August 2020 certification:

https://www.sqa.org.uk/

Courts and Tribunals 

Scottish Courts & Tribunals Service

Advice on business changes:

https://www.scotcourts.gov.uk

Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service

Information for those due to attend court:

https://www.copfs.gov.uk/media-site-news-from-copfs/1875-coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-those-due-to-attend-court

Scottish Prison Service

Advice for Prison visitors:

http://www.sps.gov.uk/Corporate/News/News-6838.aspx

Environment, food (retail) and fisheries

 Energy Saving Trust

Advice for home heating and energy use by people staying home to work or to avoid picking up the coronavirus:

https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland/home-energy-scotland/news/home-energy-scotland-–-covid-19-status-update-customers

Fisheries

Seafish are providing Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates for the seafood industry:

https://www.seafish.org/article/coronavirus-updates-for-the-seafood-industry

Farmers Guardian

Farmers Guardian are covering Coronavirus (COVID-19 impacts on UK agriculture:

https://www.fginsight.com/

British Retail Consortium

The BRC have produced a ‘Coronovirus Hub’ to provide operational guidance on issues like HR, competition law and cash flow:

http://brc.org.uk/coronavirus/

Transport and travel

Transport Scotland

Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19) impact on transport:

https://www.transport.gov.scot/our-approach/coronavirus-covid-19/

UK Government Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Guidance for British people travelling and living overseas during Coronavirus (COVID-19):

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/travel-advice-novel-coronavirus

National Travel Health Network and Centre

General advice on preparing for foreign travel and how everyone can reduce the spread of respiratory viruses during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/news/499/novel-coronavirus-covid-19-general-advice-for-travellers

NHS Fit for Travel

Information on how to stay safe and healthy abroad:

https://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/advice/disease-prevention-advice/coronavirus-disease-covid-19

Traveline Scotland

Information on public transport in Scotland https://www.travelinescotland.com/coronavirus

ELDERLY PEOPLE

Age Scotland: 0800 12 44 222

Opening hours are Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm

HOMELESSNESS

Shelter Scotland:0808 800 4444

Opening hours are Monday-Friday 8am-8pm; weekends 8am-5pm

PARENTS

· GENERAL SUPPORT FOR PARENTS AND CARERS

Parentline Scotland: 0800 028 2233

Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 9am to 9pm; weekends 9am to noon.

· SUPPORT FOR SINGLE PARENTS

Lone Parent Helpline: 0808 801 0323

Opening hours are Monday to Friday 9.30am to 4pm

· SUPPORT FOR PARENTS OF DISABLED CHILDREN

Contact: 0808 808 3555

Opening hours are Monday to Friday, 9.30am-5pm

· HOMESCHOOLING / EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT Literacy resources for ages birth to 12: https://literacytrust.org.uk/family-zone/

PEOPLE WITH LOW MOOD, DEPRESSION OR ANXIETY:

Breathing Space Scotland: 0800 83 85 87

Opening hours are Monday – Thursday 6pm to 2am; Friday 6pm – Monday 6am

PET OWNERS

SSPCA: 03000 999 999

Opening hours are 7am-10pm every day