Scottish Government COVID-19 Update

As the Scottish Government’s focus on the economic impact of Covid-19 continues, we will be signposting you to the latest sources of information. We hope that you find this useful.

Scotland’s First Minister has outlined a key part of the approach that will be taken when Coronavirus has been sufficiently suppressed and we are able to start moving on to the next phase. 

This known as test, trace, isolate and a new paper has been published giving details of how this would work.

You can read the First Minister’s daily update here.

This afternoon a third charter flight landed at Prestwick Airport carrying PPE and other supplies for NHS Scotland. In under three weeks, the Scottish Government has flown in 27 million face masks and 120,000 testing kits from China, adding to the national stockpile to keep key workers safe.

Scottish Enterprise and partners have advised that due to an exceptionally high volume of applications, from 5pm tomorrow, 5 May the Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund will pause to allow detailed assessment of initial applications. The fund is expected to reopen to applications next week.

The UK Government’s Bounce Back Loans launched today with businesses will be able to borrow between £2,000 and £50,000. It has also been announced that people who can’t work their normal hours because of coronavirus (COVID-19) will still receive their usual tax credits payments.

Advice for businesses and their employees is available at

There is an HMRC helpline for tax issues at 0800 015 9559.

NHS Inform’s coronavirus webpage is the fastest way for people to get the latest health advice and information.

Guidance for businesses looking to offer support for the ongoing effort to tackle the Covid-19 emergency can be found here.