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Details of a financial package worth up to £9 million for the tourism sector have been confirmed. The funding package is to be administered by VisitScotland and will be split between affected businesses in the following areas:
- coach operators
- day tour operators
- inbound tour operators
- visitor attractions
Guidance for businesses and workplaces on reducing the risk of COVID-19 and supporting staff and customers has been updated to enable businesses to take reasonable measures to limit the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.
Information has been published on support for nightclubs that have closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. The Nightclub Closure Fund will provide a one-off payment to support nightclubs that were required to close as a result of measures in December 2021 and January 2022.
Eligible nightclubs will be contacted by local authorities by 14 January to submit an application.
Initial information about a fund of up to £28 million to support the taxi and private hire sector has also been published. More detailed guidance will be published shortly.
Changes to testing requirements for international travel: Easing of restrictions on international travellers – gov.scot (www.gov.scot)
Quick Summary This removes the need for pre-departure tests for fully vaccinated travellers and changes the required day 2 test to an LFD rather than PCR for fully vaccinated travellers. Fully vaccinated is currently defined as 2 doses for travel purposes.
29 Dec 2021
First Minister delivered a virtual statement to Parliament and confirmed that there would be no immediate changes to current protections or advice and gave a breakdown of how £107 million is being allocated to support businesses impacted by the spread of the Omicron variant.
|Topic||Link to guidance||Updated on||Comments|
|22/12/2021||Updates throughout to reflect the latest guidance.|
|Staying Safe and Protecting Others||22/12/2021||Updated following First Minister’s statement on 21 December 2021.|
|Standalone Standard Guidance – non sector specific||21/12/2021||Updated retail/shops: operational checklist.
Minor changes to reflect the latest situation.
Updated sector-specific page to cover close contact services.
Updated to reflect requirements around protection measures and home working.
|House Moving||20/12/2021||Revised in light of the latest Scottish Government guidance.|
|Call Centre or Customer Contact Centre Environments||20/12/2021||Reinstated from the archive and updated to reflect current situation re working from home.|
|Face Covering Guidance||20/12/2021||Added two entries in exemptions (temporary removal) related to marriage and civil partnerships.
Updated to reflect current Omicron situation and regulation changes.
|Coronavirus (COVID-19): vaccine certification scheme – information for customers||17/12/2021||Minor updates.|
|Tourism and Hospitality guidance||16/12/2021||Updated to reflect reinforcement of protective measures in hospitality settings.|
|Places of Worship||16/12/2021||Updated to reflect new measures.|
|Test and Protect Guidance||16/12/2021||Care home/social care workers page updated.
Note added to Care home/social care workers.
|Transport – travel guidance||15/12/2021||Removed 4 October text from Cruise ship travel.
General travel page updated.
|Resumption of amateur non-contact sport||15/12/2021|
|Ventilation Guidance||15/12/2021||A few amends to reflect the impact/recommendations due to the Omicron variant.|
|14/12/2021||Updated to include new government advice on preventing the transmission of Omicron Variant. This includes encouraging work from home where possible, updates on self-isolation procedures and encouraging the regular use of Lateral Flow Tests. Importantly, the guidance for managing COVID-19 risks on-site remains the same but there is a greater emphasis on ensuring that those controls are robustly applied.|
|Coronavirus (COVID-19): vaccine certification scheme – information for businesses and event organisers||08/12/2021|
|Coronavirus (COVID-19): vaccine certification scheme – information for local authorities||06/12/2021|
|Universities, Colleges and Community Learning and Development Providers||02/12/2021|
|Compliance Self Assessment Tool||30/11/2021|
Find Scottish Government advice and support for businesses and employers, test and protect and looking after yourself and others below, additional information at www.gov.scot
Getting tested in Scotland
Staying safe and protecting others
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