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COVID-19 information for business

Information to help businesses during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

Healthy Working Lives have information on topics that are specific to Coronavirus (COVID-19) recovery, the links below will take you to this content.

  1. COVID-19 – overview and main resources
  2. COVID-19 - Mental health and wellbeing
  3. COVID-19 - other sources of help

1. COVID-19 – overview and main resources

The Scottish Government's approach to COVID-19 is guided by the Chief Medical Officer, who continues to monitor the situation closely 

They are calling on all employers to treat individuals with fairness and equity and to consider flexibility when managing the impact of COVID-19.

Symptoms, diagnosis and action

It’s important that you are able to direct your workforce to credible information sources regarding symptoms, diagnosis and action.

For the most up-to-date information on

  • Identifying COVID-19 symptoms
  • How to treat COVID-19 symptoms
  • Guidance on self-isolation, household isolation, quarantine and physical distancing

go to NHS inform’s COVID-19 guidance pages .

Where individuals do not have symptoms and are looking for general information, a free helpline run by NHS24 specific to COVID-19 is available. 0800 028 2816 (Mon-Fri 8am-10pm and Sat-Sun 9am-5pm.

Test and Protect

Test and Protect, Scotland’s approach to implementing the 'test, trace, isolate, support' strategy is a public health measure designed to break chains of transmission of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community.

Employers need to play a vital role in keeping our communities safe by ensuring that their employees are aware of and able to follow the public health advice.

Employers should follow the Scottish Government’s guidance  if an employee becomes unwell with coronavirus symptoms at work, the person should leave work to self-isolate straight away and, if possible, wear a face covering on route and avoid public transport. 

Direct your employees to  or, if they can’t get online, call 0800 028 2816, to arrange to get tested. 

Employees can request an isolation note through the NHS .People who have tested positive for the virus will need to self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days.

Return to work

For information on covid risk assessment, sector information and return to work please visit our planning return to work pages.

Personal protective equipment (PPE)

For information on the use of PPE when specifically related to COVID-19, see our PPE and COVID-19 pages.

Working from Home

Many staff are working from home for long periods as a result of Covid-19 and risks, including from the use of Display Screen Equipment, need to be correctly managed.  See our home working pages for more information.

Business sector guidance

For specific business sector guidance on responding to COVID-19 go the Scottish Government's business sector pages .