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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 – https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/
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

GCVS have given us permission to share their latest guidance below.

Scotland Lockdown
From 24th August:-
– People of all ages will be able to take part in organised outdoor contact sports.
– Bingo halls, amusement arcades, casinos, funfairs and snooker halls will be allowed to reopen and driving lessons can resume.
– Live events such as concerts and comedy will be allowed outdoors with physical distancing, enhanced hygiene and restricted audience numbers.

From 31st August:-
Gyms, swimming pools and indoor sports courts can reopen, two weeks earlier than originally planned.

From 14th September:-
Those aged over 12 will not be able to take part in contact sports indoors until at least 14 September.

Next Review – 10th September
A number of other changes are planned from 14 September, depending on the outcome of the next review:-
– Reopening indoor soft play areas, theatres and indoor live music venues but not nightclubs.
– Sports stadia should be able to open for limited numbers of spectators, with physical distancing in place.
– More people will be allowed to attend wedding and civil partnership receptions and funeral wakes, although there will remain a restriction on numbers.
– There will be a further review before a decision is taken on when non-essential offices and call centres can resume operations.

Local Cases
Aberdeen – total lockdown is still in effect but is starting to ease.
Dundee – a school has confirmed 22 cases of the virus.
Coupar Angus – 110 confirmed cases all linked to a food distribution centre.
Glasgow – pockets are being confirmed in a variety of locations including Blantyre and Giffnock. Most new cases are linked to schools since they reopened on 11th August.

New Police Powers from 28th August
Police in Scotland are to be given powers to break up and disperse house parties. The move comes amid concerns about links between large indoor gatherings and the spread of new Covid-19 cases. Councils will also be given new powers to close down pubs and cafes not complying with Covid-19 regulations. Clusters of cases in Glasgow and Lanarkshire, involving a number of school pupils, have been linked to house parties. No more than eight people from a maximum of three different households should be meeting together indoors – either in homes or in pubs and restaurants.

Job Retention Scheme

We at SUSE would also like to alert you to homeworking and cyber security – see below:

Cyber Security: It is important to be aware that when staff are homeworking cyber security may not be as stringent so please be aware of email scams – click on images link below for more information on this and how to make preparations for home working safe.