Originally written by Anna Jordan on Small Business
Like Johnson, Sturgeon is focusing on data rather than dates, but is taking a more cautious approach than the PM. She is going for phased and sustainable, with at least three weeks between each phase. Although, she did say that ‘if the data allows, we will seek to accelerate the easing of restrictions.’
Phase 3 – April 5
Like Johnson’s roadmap, Sturgeon wants to focus on getting children back to school first, opening the economy at a later stage.
We could see some early easing of business restrictions towards the beginning of April.
- An extension of what is classed as ‘essential retail’
- Click and collect will resume for non-essential retail
- Stay at home restriction lifted
Phase 4 – April 26
- Gyms, non-essential retail, hairdressers, bars and restaurants could reopen
- Non-essential work could be permitted in people’s homes
Returning to a level system
From the end of April, Sturgeon hopes to move everywhere in level 4 to level 3. The content of the levels system could be revised but, at present, people can’t leave their council area under level 3 which is more restrictive for businesses.
Financial support for businesses
Ongoing financial support will be available for businesses and tapered support will be provided for those that may still be facing restrictions and reduced demand. This includes the ongoing commitment to fund the Strategic Framework Business Fund and to provide level 4 payments for an additional month once businesses are moved down a level. In the meantime the Scottish government will be working with business organisations on current issues.