13th January - Revised restrictions
Today the First Minister announced additional tightening of the current lockdown rules across mainland Scotland.
The new rules are:
- Click and collect services are to be limited to essential items, such as clothing, baby equipment, homeware and books. Appointments are to be outside and staggered to prevent queuing.
- Takeaway services will no longer be able to allow customers to come in to their premises to collect food and drink orders to take away, and must operate from a hatch or doorway.
- Drinking alcohol outdoors will be against the law in all Level 4 areas.
- The obligation for employers to allow employees to work from home has been strengthened. Currently the responsibility for working from home lies with the individual, but statutory guidance is being introduced to make clear that employers should support employees to work from home wherever possible.
- Current guidance says that in Level 4 areas work within a private dwelling is only allowed if it is essential for the upkeep, maintenance and functioning of the household. This guidance is now being put into law.
- The wording of the 'Stay at Home' message will change slightly. Currently the law states that people can only leave home for an essential purpose. The amendment will make it clear that people "must not leave or remain outside" the home unless it is for an essential purpose.
5th January - Lockdown guidance and financial support
Following the announcement yesterday of a lockdown across the UK and a stay at home order across mainland Scotland, Aberdeen Inspired has continued to lobby on behalf of our businesses for further financial support.
A new legally enforceable lockdown is now in place, with people only allowed to leave their homes for essential reasons and exercise.
Today (January 5) the Chancellor announced new support for affected businesses. This included the following:
How does this work?
The funding is provided on a per-property basis to support businesses through the latest restrictions, and is expected to benefit over 600,000 business properties, worth £4 billion in total across all nations of the UK.
Business support will be provided through the local authority via the Scottish Government, which will receive £375 million in funding already guaranteed by the UK Government.
Small businesses in Scotland should also be able to benefit from other UK-wide measures in the government’s unprecedented package of support for business, including the various business lending schemes (where the repayment terms were made easier as part of the Winter Economy Plan), and the extension of the Self Employment Income Support Scheme.
The following support is also in place:
* 100% business rates relief for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses
*£1.1 billion existing discretionary funding for Local Authorities
* The furlough scheme has been extended to April
* 100% government backed loans extended until March.