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Latest advice and information on the Covid-19 outbreak
We will try to keep SUSE members up to date with ongoing developments during the Coronavirus Covid-19 pandemic on the SUSE website. A number of our partners and stakeholders have published advice and information. We are particularly indebted to our colleagues at GCVS who have allowed us to share their updates.  We have also included links to SCVO, the Scottish Government and OSCR among others on this page.

Please find below the latest UK Government information about the current corona crisis situation. Please ensure all of your colleagues are made aware and adhere to the instructions. Those who are key workers and providing vital services are still able to provide those services.

The advice, guidance and instructions from the government on the management of the pandemic continues to change on a daily basis.
UK Government – Coronovirus (COVID-19): UK Government Guidance
Scottish Government –
OSCR – For charities, there are some specific concerns that OSCR have become aware of and these have been covered on their website here
Scottish Training Federation (STF) – STF have shared a statement on their website from SDS for their members – you can find this here
SCVO Statement on COVID-19 here together with Information and Guidance to support your organisation
Inspiring Scotland – Advice to Charity Leaders COVID 19 Inspiring Scotland Advice to Charity Leaders
Disability Rights UK are updating their website regularly – here

Lockdown Latest

From 26th April it is expected all parts of Scotland currently in level 4 would move down to a “modified” level 3. The island communities currently in level 3 will have the option to move at that stage to level 2 but this could have implications for travel and will be discussed further.

Level 3 – Very High

  • The new “modified” level 3 from 26th April would see cafes, pubs and restaurants allowed to open until 8pm indoors (no alcohol) and 10pm outdoors (alcohol permitted).
  • Up to four people from two households can socialise indoors in a public place such as a café or restaurant.
  • Up to six people from up to three households can socialise outdoors.  All remaining retail premises and close contact services will re-open.
  • Gyms can open for individual exercise.  Indoor attractions and public buildings such as galleries, museums and libraries could open.  Funerals and weddings including post-funeral events and receptions can take place with up to 50 people (no alcohol).

Level 2 – High

  • From 17th May, it is hoped all level 3 areas – or as many as possible – will move to level 2.
  • This will see hospitality venues open until 10.30pm indoors (alcohol permitted, two-hour dwell time) and 10pm outdoors (alcohol permitted).
  • Up to four people from two households can socialise indoors in a private home or public space.
  • Cinemas, amusement arcades and bingo halls can reopen.
  • Outdoor adult contact sport and indoor group exercise can restart.

Level 1 – Medium

  • From early June, the ambition is for all of Scotland will move to level 1 – which will allow for a further easing of restrictions.
  • Up to six people from up to three households will be able to socialise indoors in a home or public place.
  • Up to eight people from three households can socialise outdoors.
  • Eight 12-17 year olds can meet socially from eight households outdoors.
  • Hospitality can remain open until 11pm.
  • Indoor non-contact sport can take place.

Level 0 – Nearly Normal

  • By the end of June, it is hoped that all of Scotland will move to at least level 0.
  • This could see a phased return of some office staff.
  • The Scottish government will be assessing the situation on an ongoing basis, with a view to restoring as much normality as possible.