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Scotland's route map through and out of crisis

The First Minister today [Thursday 28 May] confirmed that Scotland will now move to Phase One of easing the COVID-19 lockdown.  Further details are available here.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Phase 1: business and physical distancing guidance

Following the Scottish Government announcing the move to phase 1 of the route map for moving out of lockdown, business and social distancing guidance has been updated. 

The guidance notes that all business workplaces that are not being specifically required to close should consider a set of key questions – and at all times work on the precautionary basis:

  • is what you do essential or material to the effort against the virus or to the wellbeing of society?
  • is your business reopening in phase 1 of the route map for moving out of lockdown
  • are you able to demonstrate and give confidence to your workforce that you can consistently practice safe physical distancing and comply with ALL other standard health and safety requirements?

Workplaces permitted to reopen in phase 1 of the route map for moving out of lockdown include:

  • non-essential outdoor workplaces, with physical distancing and once relevant guidance agreed
  • construction - Phases 0-2 of industry restart plan can be implemented. Industry to consult government before progressing to phase 2
  • workplaces resuming in later phases can undertake preparatory work on physical distancing and hygiene measures
  • gradual re-opening of drive through food outlets
  • garden centres and plant nurseries can reopen with physical distancing. Associated cafes should not reopen at this stage except for takeaway

Please find links to the key documents below:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): staying at home and away from others (physical distancing)

COVID-19: Scotland’s route map for transitioning through and out of the crisis  

Joint statement

Transport Transition Plan

 

Framework for Decision Making - Scotland's Route Map Through and Out of the Crisis

The Scottish Government has published (21 May) the Framework for Decision Making - Scotland's Route Map Through and Out of the Crisis. The route map provides an indication of the order in which the Government will “carefully and gradually” seek to change current restrictions. It provides practical examples of what people, organisations and businesses can expect to see change over time. 

The First Minister set out a phased route map, which will be supplemented with detailed advice and guidance for key sectors. The First Minister also stressed that the phases would be taken gradually and that measures would be reviewed every three weeks. 

A summary of the stages are outlined below and we will reflect the sectoral plans as they are published.

Working or running a business

Stage 1 (from 28 May)

  • Remote working remains the default position for those who can.
  • For those workplaces that are reopening, employers should encourage staggered start times and flexible working.
  • Non-essential outdoor workplaces with physical distancing resume once relevant guidance agreed.
  • Construction – Phases 0-2 of industry restart plan can be implemented. (Industry to consult government before progressing to phase 2.)
  • Preparing for the safe reopening of the housing market.
  • Workplaces resuming in later phases can undertake preparatory work on physical distancing and hygiene measures.

Stage 2

  • Remote working remains the default position for those who can.
  • Non-essential indoor non-of office-based workplaces resume once relevant guidance agreed - including factories & warehouses, lab & research facilities – to re-open with physical distancing.
  • Construction sector to implement remaining stages of phased return.
  • Relaxation of restrictions on housing moves.

Stage 3

  • Remote working remains the default position for those who can.
  • Non-essential indoor of office workplaces can open, once relevant guidance agreed, including contact centres with physical distancing.

Stage 4

  • Remote and flexible working remains encouraged.
  • All workplaces open with improved hygiene and in line with public health advice

Sector guidance for business

The Scottish Government has started to release sector guidance for business, including expectations for planning for restart while minimising transmission of the virus.  Considerations include:

  • assessing risk - involving the workforce in a risk based approach to a safer workplace
  • workforce planning - supporting those who should come to work, and those who should not
  • operational guide and checklist - changing the workplace environment to protect your workforce
  • deliveries, distribution and visitors -  protecting your workforce and those who come on-site
  • training and compliance

Links below and please contact resiliencesupport@glasgowchamberofcommerce.com with any questions or queries.

Retail sector guidance

Manufacturing sector guidance 

Construction sector guidance

 

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