Where we are now
The Strategic Framework announced by the First Minister on 23 October sets out our approach to outbreak management based on 5 levels of protection, providing graduated protections locally and/or nationally designed to reduce transmission of the virus according to the evolving patterns of infection and transmission.
‘Other workplaces’ can stay open at Level 0 – 3, with working from home being the default where possible.
In Level 4 all workplaces, public and private sector, even those providing essential services, should as far as possible work from home – please see Coronavirus (COVID-19): businesses and workplaces that must close and can remain open at protection level 4. For those unable to work from home, studios can remain open for production/manufacturing activity with suitable mitigations in place to reduce the risk of the virus. Learning activity in workshops and visitors are not permitted at this level.
Physical distancing duties are set out in regulation 5(1)The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions and Requirements) (Scotland) Regulations 2020. A person who is responsible for carrying on a business or providing a service must take all reasonable measures:
- to ensure that physical distancing of 2 metres is maintained between any persons on the premises (except between members of the same household or a carer and the person assisted by the carer)
- to ensure that they only admit people to its premises in sufficiently small numbers to make it possible to maintain physical distancing of 2 metres
- to ensure that physical distancing (2 metres) is maintained between any person waiting to enter the premises (except between members of the same household or a carer and the person assisted by the carer)
The Scottish Government has initiated a broad collaborative process to develop sectoral guidance which will underpin that managed transition and provide clarity and confidence to industry, employees and local communities, protect public health and concurrently optimise economic recovery. Aligned with that we are reviewing and enhancing testing and enforcement arrangements, and ensuring that the guidance is coherent and connected, recognising for example transport and other inter-dependencies.
We are working with the UK Government to align our approach and guidance where possible and on the basis of scientific evidence on the levels of infection in Scotland. This guidance is intended to work alongside UK Government guidance and aims to assist employers, businesses and their workforce in Scotland to ensure a safe working environment and readers will recognise consistent themes within this guidance with the UK Government’s Working Safely during COVID-19 publications.
There has been an unprecedented package of support announced from both the Scottish and UK Governments to support businesses. This support should help many employers preserve their business, maintain jobs and pay their workers throughout this crisis.
Information on this support, as well as advice on workplace safety and hygiene, is available through findbusinesssupport. gov. scot. We urge all businesses to make use of this where applicable. In the event of the risk of imminent closures all available support measures must be utilised to protect the jobs and incomes of Scotland’s creative sector.