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).
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.
Make sure your workplaces are clean and hygienic
Promote good respiratory hygiene in the workplace
Promote regular and thorough hand-washing
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
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
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
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
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
If you need to discuss business resilience you can go to Find business support.
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