Covid-19 Advice

Follow the links below for up-to-date summaries of the financial and other support available for individuals, businesses and the third sector in East Lothian.

Scotland has entered Phase Three of the Covid-19 lifting of lockdown restrictions.

The latest changes include:

  • Mandatory wearing of face masks in shops in Scotland.
  • The re-opening of cafes, bars and restaurants with social distancing.
  • Larger groups up to 4 different households can meet outside, with no more than 15 people in total, and with physical distancing in place.
  • You can also meet people from up to 2 other households at a time indoors, but with no more than 8 people in total and with physical distancing.

Other measures and support mechanisms include: 

  • The £1,000 Job Retention Bonus.
  • The Kickstarter Scheme for people aged between 16 and 24.
  • Cuts to VAT on goods and services provided by the tourism and hospitality sectors.
  • The Eat Out to Help Out scheme.
  • Additional support for the creative sector.
  • The closure of the Newly Self-employed Hardship Fund and applications for various business support grants on 10 July.
  • The closure of applications to the Bounce Back Loan Scheme on 4 November.
  • The closure of the fund to support small and medium-sized (SME) housebuilders with liquidity issues on 29 June.
Published by Sarah Russell on behalf East Lothian Conservative and Unionist Association, 4 Church Street, Haddington EH41 3EX