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Updates & Information Sources - COVID 19

Government advice on COVID-19

NHS advice on COVID-19

Advice for businesses 

Advice for Employers and Employees  Webinars from ACAS

Sector Specific Guidance

Small Business Advice

Clear your head

The Scottish Government's approach to COVID-19 is guided by the Chief Medical Officer, who continues to monitor the situation closely by working with the World Health Organisation and the international community. They are calling on all employers to treat individuals with fairness and equity and to consider flexibility when managing the impact of COVID-19. 

To support this we have pulled together key information from credible sources.

Guidance for Employers

Symptoms of COVID-19/Coronavirus

Updated: 19/05/2020

It’s important that you are able to direct your workforce to credible information sources regarding symptoms, diagnosis and action.

For up to date information identifying symptoms and action required, visit NHS Inform.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline

Where individuals do not have symptoms and are looking for general information, a free helpline specific to COVID -19 is available.

0800 028 2816 (Mon-Fri 8am-10pm and Sat-Sun 9am-5pm)


Test and Protect Information for Employers

Updated: 30/07/2020

Test and Protect, Scotland’s approach to implementing the 'test, trace, isolate, support' strategy is a public health measure designed to break chains of transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community.  The NHS will test people who have symptoms, trace people who may have become infected by spending time in close contact with someone who tests positive, and then support those close contacts to self-isolate.  That means if they have the virus they are less likely to pass it on to others.  Employers need to play a vital role in keeping our communities safe by ensuring that their employees are aware of and able to follow the public health advice.

What to do

Employers should follow public health guidance if an employee becomes unwell with coronavirus symptoms at work. The person should leave work to self‑isolate straight away and, if possible, wear a face covering on route and avoid public transport.  Direct your employees to www.nhsinform.scot or, if they can’t get online, call 0800 028 2816, to arrange to get tested.   Until they have been tested and told it is safe to leave home, employers should make sure that staff do not have to, or feel that they have to, come in to work.  Employees can request an isolation note through NHS Inform.

People who have tested positive for the virus will need to self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days.


Who can now access testing:

Those who are self isolating and ideally in the first 3 days of symptoms or have household members who are symptomatic and in the first 3 days (as testing is not regarded as effective after 5 days) that meet the following criteria:

  • all symptomatic key workers and symptomatic members of their household  over 5 years of age
  • all symptomatic other workers who cannot work from home and symptomatic members of their household over 5 years of age
  • all symptomatic over 65s and symptomatic members of their household  over 5 years of age

The drive through testing centres are only for people within a 90 minute drive of the location and individuals must be able to maintain strict isolation measures during this commute. 

More detail go to: https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-getting-tested/pages/who-can-be-tested/

Vulnerable groups - Communication for people with sensory impairments during the pandemic

Updated: 24/04/2020

As an employer you should be well aware of the duty of care you have to your employees, especially those who are more vulnerable. If you employ individuals with sensory impairments, they face extra barriers in accessing health and financial advice and support which can put them at risk of missing out on vital information during the current pandemic.

It is important to ensure that you communicate effectively with your employees, more so with those individuals with sensory impairments, in a manner that enables them to understand the current status and the impact of COVID-19 on their health and work status. This will minimise their risk of being disadvantaged or adversely impacted.

To help with communication, there are a lot of national and local charities and self-advocacy groups that can provide communication support and solutions. As a starting point below are some useful links to help convey the information in the correct format.

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