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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - guidance for employers

Information and guidance on dealing with Coronavirus (COVID-19) as an employer or employee

​COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus. The first case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Scotland was confirmed in March 2020.

The Scottish Government’s approach to COVID-19 is guided by the Chief Medical Officer, who continues to monitor the situation closely and to work with the WHO and international community.

For more information, visit our COVID-19 website (external site). 

Or visit the Scottish Government's COVID-19 information pages (external site). 

What should my business do?

The Scottish Government is calling on all employers to treat individuals with fairness and equity and consider flexibility when managing the impact of COVID-19.

To support this we have pulled together key information for credible sources.

Workplace preparedness

Make sure your workplaces are clean and hygienic

  • Contaminated surfaces can spread the infection.

Promote good respiratory hygiene in the workplace

  • Good respiratory hygiene prevents the spread.

Promote regular and thorough hand-washing

  • Hand washing kills the virus and prevents the spread.

More detailed information for businesses can be found on the Gov.UK guidance for employees, employers and businesses pages.

Go to the Gov.UK information pages

Sector specific guidance is also available to download from Health Protection Scotland.

Go to the Health Protection Scotland pages

Workforce preparedness

As the employer, it’s important to be prepared and not panic or create undue anxiety over the potential spread.

Guidance is clear and currently focused on individual exposure subject to specific criteria.
You will need to know what to do when an employee advises that they are

  • self-isolating due to potential exposure to COVID-19
  • diagnosed with COVID-19.

Specific information on managing these situations can be found at ACAS.

Coronavirus: Advice for employers and employees from ACAS

Advice is also available from the Federation of Small Businesses to small businesses and FSB members.

Coronavirus: Advice from the Federation of Small Businesses

Individual preparedness

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

For up to date information identifying symptoms and action required, go to NHS Inform.

Go to NHS inform

Coronavirus (COVID-19) helpline

0800 028 2816

Where individuals do not have symptoms and are looking for general information, a free helpline specific to COVID -19 is available.

The helpline is open

  • Monday to Friday, 8.00am to 10.00pm
  • Saturday and Sunday, 9.00am to 5.00pm

Business resillience

If you need to discuss business resilience you can go to Find business support.

Go to Find Business Support