What support is available for businesses impacted by Lockdown 2.0?

The First Minister’s recent announcement for a short, sharp lockdown will see a number of ‘non-essential businesses’ move into Level 4 and shut their doors again. We understand this is concerning and confusing for businesses.  That’s why we’ve summarised the funding and resources available below.

What Covid 19 funding is available for Level 4?

Funding support is available for businesses in the 11 Scottish councils classed as Level 4.  You can check your eligibility and apply for The Strategic Framework Business Fund

If you’re unsure if the location of your business is included search your postcode on Check Local Covid Level

If you’re unsure if or how your business is impacted the table below will guide you.

Which businesses in Level 4 are affected?

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Restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars must close Takeaway services are permitted, provided face coverings are worn and social distancing measures are followed
Non-essential retail businesses must shut outdoor retail and click and collect services can operate as normal
Close contact services such as hairdressers, barbers, massage therapists and tattoo studios cannot operate Places of worship must follow two-metre distancing rules and limit max of 20.
Indoor sports, leisure and entertainment venues such as gyms and cinemas have to close Outdoor gyms and non-contact sports are permitted
Schools, colleges, universities, and early learning and childcare settings can remain open

What if a Level 3 business is interrupted?

A number of businesses in Level 3 find themselves between a rock and a hard place. They’re open for business but experiencing a downturn in business with fewer customers and businesses to supply to.

The Scottish Government has provided a full list of funds and grants available on the Government site at Find Business Support

Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme Extended

Finally, you can also find out more about the UK Government Furlough Scheme Extension

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch at info@ammu.uk