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Advice for Members in Scotland

Last Updated: 12 November 2020

Different areas of the UK have their own policies regarding measures to control the spread of Coronavirus. Scotland now has a 5 Tier system in place, with alert levels ranging from 0 to 4.

Level 0

At Level 0, hospitality would operate "almost normally" - subject to rules on physical distancing, limits on numbers and other rules, such as table service. All retailers can open providing they follow and have implemented Scottish Government guidance to ensure the safety of customers and staff.

Level 1
 
  • Level 1 sees a "reasonable" degree of normality.
  • All retailers can open providing they follow and have implemented Scottish Government guidance to ensure the safety of customers and staff.
  • Hospitality has a 22:30 curfew. Events, like weddings, would be restricted to a maximum of 20 people.
  • Indoor contact sports for adults are not permitted.
  • Although restrictions are fairly low, only those unable to work from home should go to their place of employment.
Level 2
 
  • No socialising allowed in homes. Up to six people from two households can meet outdoors and in hospitality settings.
  • Licensed premises can only serve alcohol indoors with a main meal - and then only until 20:00. Outdoors, you can be served until 22:30.
  • Most leisure and entertainment premises are closed except gyms, cinemas, bingo halls and amusement arcades.
  • All retailers can still open providing they follow and have implemented Scottish Government guidance to ensure the safety of customers and staff.
Level 3
 
  • Cafes, pubs and restaurants allowed to open until 18:00 to serve food and non-alcoholic drinks to groups of up to six from two households.
  • Alcohol sales are not permitted indoors or outdoors.
  • All leisure and entertainment venues are closed at this level, including cinemas. No non-essential travel is allowed out of a Level 3 area.
  • Indoor exercise, which includes gyms, are restricted to individual and not group exercise.
  • All retailers can still open providing they follow and have implemented Scottish Government guidance to ensure the safety of customers and staff.
Level 4

Rules are similar to the lockdown restrictions that were applied across Scotland at the end of March. In this category schools would remain open but all non-essential retail, as well as pubs and restaurants, gyms, libraries and hairdressers, would be closed.

All areas of Scotland are currently in Tier 1, 2 or 3. There are no areas currently in Tiers 0 or 4.

To find out which Tier your area is currently in, please visit the Scottish Government website.

The core advice for people in Scotland remains the same. You should:
 
  • wear a face covering
  • avoid crowded places
  • clean hands and surfaces regularly
  • stay 2m away from other people
  • self-isolate and book a test if you have COVID-19 symptoms (new continuous cough, fever or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste)
Additionally shops right across Scotland have been asked to return to two metres physical distancing and reintroduce the mitigations they put in place earlier in the pandemic, including one-way systems.

Job Retention Scheme (Furlough)
The Job Retention Scheme has been extended to March 2021.

If you are unable to work due to the latest restrictions you may still be ‘furloughed’ under the Job Retention Scheme for some or all of your normal hours. If you are on furlough status, your pay for any unworked hours may be reduced to 80% of your average earnings.

To be eligible for the scheme, you must have been employed and paid through PAYE before 30 October 2020.

Companies can furlough workers on a part-time basis and access the scheme to cover any unworked hours. The scheme will carry on paying 80% of workers’ wages, with the Government paying the full 80% of wages, and employers paying pension and national insurance contributions. Employers can choose to top-up this payment.

The contributions employers will need to make to the scheme will be reviewed in January, but workers will always receive a minimum of 80% of their pay.

You must not do any work for your employer for any hours or periods where you are furloughed, Speak to your Union rep or official if you need any further advice on this.

Usdaw can help

If you are a member of Usdaw and you require any support because you are being placed on furlough, or if you are returning to work following a period of furlough, or if you have any concerns arising out of the latest lockdown restrictions please contact Usdaw as soon as possible.

If you are not a member of Usdaw, please consider joining us today!

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