Coronavirus (COVID-19) Phase 2: business and physical distancing guidance

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Phase 2: business and physical distancing guidance.

Guidance for businesses in Scotland on physical distancing and closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Physical distancing measures are for everyone, including business. We should all be trying to reduce social interaction between people in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The single most important action we can all take, in fighting coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives. When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we will reduce the spread of the infection.

We recognise this continues to be a very testing time for business in Scotland. We are grateful to the many companies that are being responsible by actively supporting homeworking and allowing staff the time off for isolation. Remote working should remain the default position for those who can. Where that is not possible businesses and organisations are encouraged to manage travel demand through staggered start times and flexible working patterns.

When we reduce our day-to-day contact with other people, we reduce the spread of the infection. The evidence now shows that the virus is being controlled, R is consistently below 1 and the six WHO criteria described in the route map for moving out of lockdown are now in place. This means that Scotland will progress to Phase 2 for moving out of lockdown. Changes will be introduced in stages.

That is why we have introduced the measures, described in more detail in guidance updated on 18 June 2020: Coronavirus (COVID-19): staying safe and protecting others . Every person in Scotland must continue to comply with these measures. The measures were amended to require all businesses open during the emergency period to take all reasonable measures to ensure physical distancing takes place on their premises.

The relevant authorities, including the police, have been given the powers to enforce the measures – including through issuing fines and dispersing gatherings.

These measures are in force for 6 months in the first instance, unless revoked.

These measures are reviewed at least every 21 days.