Gillian Martin MSP has welcomed the launch of a new helpline to provide businesses across Scotland with advice and guidance on COVID-19.
The helpline, which is now live, will be open Monday to Friday, between 8.30 am to 5.30pm.
Based at Scottish Enterprise’s existing call centre in Clydebank, advisers across Scotland will answer questions from businesses related to COVID-19. The helpline will also help the Scottish Government identify the current challenges facing businesses.
On Thursday the First Minister confirmed that the Scottish and UK Governments are moving from the containment phase to delay, and that large gatherings of over 500 people will be cancelled to support the resilience of emergency services.
The Chief Medical Officer has advised people with mild symptoms suggestive of COVID-19 including continuing coughing, or a fever or a temperature of above 37.8 should self-isolate for seven days from Monday 16th March. Those who have been in contact with someone who is experiencing symptoms should only self-isolate if they begin to experience symptoms.
The Aberdeenshire East MSP has also continued to stress the importance of everyone following the latest COVID-19 advice.
Welcoming the news, Gillian Martin MSP said
Scotland is well-prepared for a significant outbreak of coronavirus but people have a vital role to play in helping us contain any outbreak by following the latest health and travel advice.
This situation presents a significant risk to global and domestic economic activity. That is why today it is great to see the Scottish Government launching a business helpline which will provide companies in Scotland with the support and guidance they need to respond appropriately.
I know from speaking to business owners in my constituency the real worries they have and so I am delighted that the Government are ensuring they are listening to business owners and identifying what further support is needed.
I hope this provides reassurance that the Scottish Government are doing everything in their power to protect the workforce, businesses and economy.
I’d also encourage everyone to refer to the new guidance on COVID-19 that includes workplace advice on reducing the spread of infection.
The helpline number is 0300 303 0660, callers should select option 1 to be directed to the dedicated Covid-19 team.