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Coronavirus (COVID-19): creating and maintaining safer workplaces

Guidance for workers and employers on returning to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): creating and maintaining safer workplaces


Scottish Government has published detailed guidance for a number of sectors which cover a range of different types of work. Some businesses  may operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles therefore they may need to adopt more than one of these pieces of guidance to support employees and employers to create and maintain safer workplaces during the pandemic.

Where we are now

Scotland follows a COVID-19 levels system. There are 5 levels (0-4) and each has a different set of rules.

Find out the level and rules for an area using the postcode checker.

Get information on the latest COVID-19 situation.

The updated Strategic Framework sets out how we plan to restore, in a phased way, greater normality to our everyday lives.  It updates the original Strategic Framework to take account of important developments, including:

  • new and highly infectious strains of the virus
  • progress with the vaccination roll-out

Our strategic intent remains to: suppress the virus to the lowest possible level and keep it there, while we strive to return to a more normal life for as many people as possible.

During the pandemic , it is vital that all businesses act responsibly and align fully with published guidance






First published: 15 Dec 2020 Last updated: 27 May 2021 -