First Minister’s Covid-19 update

General News

On the 14 December 2021, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced new measures that would be implemented to manage the increasing rate of Covid-19 infections throughout Scotland, thought to be resulting from the spread of the new Omicron variant.

The First Minister stated that the Sottish Government intended to amend regulations to put a legal requirement on those running businesses or providing services to take measures which are reasonably practicable to minimise the risk of transmission. Whilst stating further information would be provided during the week, the First Minister detailed that examples of these measures would be as stated below:

  • For retail businesses, reinforcing physical distancing between customers, implementing measures to control flows of customers, and reintroduction of protective screens.
  • For hospitality businesses, implementing measures to avoid crowding at bars and between tables, and requiring premises to collect contact details of customers to help with contact tracing.

The First Minister also confirmed that £100 million from the Scottish Government would be used to help businesses, mainly in the hospitality, food supply, and culture sectors, that will be impacted by these measures. Further details, including eligibility requirements, will be released at a later date, although it was confirmed that eligible businesses who had previously received funding through the Strategic Framework Business Fund will be contacted directly.

We will continue to provide further information to members when it becomes available.