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Coronavirus (COVID-19): retail sector guidance

Guidance for the retail sector, including close contact services such as hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons, which covers procedures for staff and customer safety and an operations checklist.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): retail sector guidance
Related information

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Scottish Government advice and support

Summary of COVID-19 developments in Scotland

Coronavirus (COVID-19): framework for decision making

Coronavirus (COVID-19): framework for decision making – Scotland’s route map through and out of the crisis

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

Further guidance on physical distancing can be found on NHS inform.

Advice on substantive support packages available for business and their employees

Guidance on childcare and for key workers

COVID-19 information and guidance for general (non-healthcare) settings

Guidance for the construction sector in Scotland

A list of Scottish Procurement Policy Notes (SPPNs) can be found on

SPPN 4/2020 covers procurement related issues as a consequence of the COVID-19 outbreak. 

SPPN 5/2020 sets out guidance for public bodies on options for payment to their suppliers to ensure service continuity during the current COVID-19 outbreak.


Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020

Fair Work during the COVID-19 crisis

Please see our Joint Statement with the STUC

Other sources of COVID-19 information

UK Government guidance on working safely during COVID-19 in different workplaces

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE)  have provided advice related to COVID-19

Food Standards Scotland provide guidance for food business operators and employees

Further detailed guidance on security can be found at and

To contact Police Scotland for Protective Security advice, please contact your local Counter Terrorism Security Adviser:




Transport Scotland's Transition PlanGuidance from the Institute of Building Services Engineers

Guidance from Federation of European Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Association

British Land has produced a Guide to the new procedures and protocols across shopping centres and retail parks

Guidance on amusement arcades

Last updated: 19 June 2020



First published: 9 Dec 2020 Last updated: 15 Jan 2021 -