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All of Scotland is now at level three, with mainland Scotland and islands moving to level two on 17 May and Orkney, Shetland, Na h-Eileanan Siar, all islands in Highland (except Skye) and the following islands within Argyll and Bute moving to level one will move to level one – Coll, Colonsay, Erraid, Gometra, Iona, Islay, Jura, Mull, Oronsay, Tiree and Ulvain. Moray is likely to remain at level three. Details can be found here.
Click here for details about level two.
Click here for details about level one.
At all levels you should continue to work from home where possible.
The national Covid-19 helpline puts people in contact with their local authority. You can call 0800 111 4000 for free. It is open Monday to Friday, 9:00–17:00.
- You can contact Money Talk Team to get help knowing what benefits you might be entitled to and other advice.
- You can apply for Universal Credit or Employment and Support Allowance. The Scottish Welfare Fund is also available to people in crisis and in need of financial support.
- If you are struggling to pay your gas or electricity bills, Ofgem can offer you advice.
Physical and mental wellbeing:
- You can visit Clear Your Head for practical advice to deal with feelings of uncertainty.
- You can find help online from the Scottish Association of Mental Health.
- You can also talk to someone over the phone with Samaritans (116 123, available 24/7) or Red Cross (0808 196 3651, available everyday 10am – 6pm).
- The Scottish Government has compiled resources to support mental health and wellbeing which can be accessed here.
Shielding and Vulnerable People
Shielding is a measure to protect people who are clinically at high risk of severe illness from coronavirus.
Scotland has five protection levels. Find your area’s protection level and guidelines. If you are on the shielding list, you should follow the general advice for your local protection level.
The Scottish Government have produced advice on keeping safe which can be viewed here.
You should follow all advice for those on the shielding list, even if you have had a coronavirus vaccination.
The clinically extremely vulnerable will get priority access to vaccination against Covid-19 before the general population and in line with the priority order. You will be contacted again by the NHS with more information on when and how you will be invited to get the vaccine.
Even if you have had both doses of the vaccine, you should continue to follow shielding advice. The people you live with should also continue to follow the public health rules even if they have received the vaccine.
You can find more information about the Covid-19 vaccine here.
All unpaid carers aged 16-64 that provide face-to-face care should self-register in the new online service from Monday 15 March. A new vaccination campaign will ensure that all elegible carers receive a vaccine.
Young people and children
Young people aged 16 years and over with specific clinical vulnerabilities will be offered vaccination.
The only other group that can be considered are children aged 12 years and over with severe neurodisabilities and recurrent respiratory tract infections who require residential care. These vaccinations would be considered unlicensed use, paediatricians and GPs should discuss the benefits, risks and safety data with children, young people and their parents/guardians.
You can find more information about the Covid-19 vaccination programme for children and young people here.
Working safely during coronavirus
If you cannot work from home, your employer may be able to furlough you through the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. If you are self-employed, you can get support from the Self-Employed Income Support Scheme.
Information and guides for returning to work, for both employees and employers, can be found at Healthy Working Lives, a website from Public Health Scotland.
The Scottish Government has developed risk assessment guidance and tools to support employees and employers to have constructive conversations to identify individual risks and take appropriate action to make the workplace safer. Guidance on the assessment tools can be found here.
Carers and Parents
Mencap have pulled together resources and advice for carers who may be affected by Covid-19.
A support bubble is a support network that links two households. You can form a support bubble with a household if:
- You live by yourself
- You’re a single adult living with one or more children under the age of 18
You should not form a support bubble with a household that is part of another support bubble.
Scottish Government have produced guidance for accessing PPE.
If you are an unpaid/family carer and think you require PPE due to your caring role, and the routes you normally use to access it are unavailable, you should contact your local carers centre and they will advise you on how to access supplies locally.
You can find a list of local carers centres and young carer services on the Care Information Scotland website. If your local carers’ centre is unavailable, you can call the Social Care PPE Support Centre on 0300 303 3020 and they can provide you with information.
Information for Charities
The SCVO provides a hub of information for charities concerned by the Covid-19 pandemic, including information on emergency funding and human resources considerations.
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