Covid-19 Business Recovery Guidance

Summary of Available Recovery Guidance 

Dates for re-opening

29 June 2020 – Most non-essential shops, many indoor workplaces, visitor attractions including zoos, outdoor sports courts and playgrounds;
3 July – Five mile travel distance relaxed, most self-catering holiday homes and second homes can be used;
6 July – Outdoor hospitality such as beer gardens can reopen;
10 July – People can meet in extended groups outdoors and with two other households indoors;
13 July – Shopping centres can reopen, organised outdoor contact sports for children can resume, dentists can reopen for most routine care; and
15 July – Pubs, restaurants and all holiday accommodation can reopen, as can hairdressers, barbers, museums, cinemas, libraries and childcare.

Roadmap to Recovery 

The Scottish Chambers of Commerce have published a summary of the phased recovery plan across a range of sectors.  Guidance includes business, family and friends, and shopping. The summary can be found here.

Sector Information on Recovery Planning

Guidance for the tourism and hospitality sector, including procedures for staff and customer safety and an operations checklist. Covid-19 Tourism and Hospitality Guidance

The Scottish Government’s guidance for the retail sector is now available. Click here to read the guidance . Covid-19 Retail Sector Measures

Scottish Government’s guideance for the manufacturing sector is now available. Click here to read the guidance. Covid-19 Manufacturing Measures

Construction (22 June): Scottish Government

Early Learning and Childcare – phase 3 guidance (15 June): Scottish Government

Food & Drink (18 June): Food Standards Scotland

Farmers and Crofters (11 June): Scottish Government

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has prepared 8 sectoral guides for businesses in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and in consultation with Public Health England (PHE) and HSE. To view their gudiance across 8 diferent sectors click here.

The British Retail Consortium have published recommendations which will assist retailers to facilitate the introduction of social distancing in the areas of Warehouse and distribution and also non-food retail. The documents can be found on their website

Business and physical distancing

Scottish Government’s  business and physical distancing guidance. It provides further guidance for the construction sector to help businesses determine what constitutes ‘essential’ work that may be able to continue.

HR Support for Businesses

Scottish Chambers of Commerce have prepared a summary with HR Support for Businesses. This was added 8 April Coronavirus – HR Support For Businesses – ERCC 


HSE guides for employers and the self-employed who work with or near other people. It explains generic measures that can be taken to help businesses work safe. HSEguidance isn’t compulsory and businesses are free to take other action. But if the guidance is followed, businesses will normally be doing enough to comply with the law. Also, HSE and Local Authority inspectors seeking to secure compliance with the law may refer to this guidance during the pandemic.


Helpful Websites for Recovery Information

UK Government:

Scottish Government:

Business Gateway National:

Business Gateway East Renfrewshire: 

Federation of Small Businesses: COVID-19: Advice and guidance for small businesses and the self-employed 

Scottish Chambers of Commerce: Business Advice & Guidance: Covid-19 

ACAS – The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service: Advice for employers and employees

Local Business Organisations:

Clarkston Business Improvement District: I Love  Clarkston

Barrhead Business Improvement District: All About Barrhead

Giffnock Business Improvement District: Giffnock Village