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COVID-19: Changes to Restrictions and Updated Strategic Framework

24th February 2022

On 22 February 2022, the First Minister announced a number of important changes to coronavirus-related restrictions to take place from Monday 28 February, and indicative dates for future easing. From 28 February: The legal requirement for some business to use the COVID-19 certification scheme will be removed Indicative date of 21 March: assuming no significant…

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Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) (Scotland) Bill – update

10th February 2022

The Coronavirus (Recovery and Reform) (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 25th January.  The news release, released 26 January 2022,  has onwards links to the Bill text, together with accompanying documents, impact assessments and other relevant information. The Bill follows the 12 week full public consultation “Covid recovery: a consultation on public…

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Covid-19: Regulatory changes and guidance updates

28th January 2022

On 25 January 2022, the First Minister announced further changes to the Covid-19 regulations and guidance, which impact on the funeral sector. The First Minister also announced the ‘distance aware’ scheme, more details below.   Regulatory changes From today, Friday 28th January 2022: The physical distance a person must maintain from others if they remove…

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Covid-19: Guidance updates and protective measures

21st January 2022

On 20 January 2022, the First Minister announced the relaxation of a number of covid protective measures from the 24th January 2022.  The Scottish Government guidance for Safer Businesses and Workplaces, Face coverings and Staying Safe guidance  have now been updated to reflect these changes. It is important to remember that some Covid-19 protective measures do…

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COVID-19: Update on duration of self-isolation and on critical worker exemptions to self-isolation

6th January 2022

On 21 December 2021, in response to the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, the First Minister set out new protective measures. We issued a blog on 23 December setting out how those protections and exemptions applied to the funeral industry. The First Minister made a further statement to the Scottish Parliament yesterday, 5 January 2022,…

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COVID-19: Update on critical worker exemptions to self-isolation

23rd December 2021

Today, 23 December 2021, the Scottish Government published updated guidance on critical worker exemptions. The updated guidance, which contains important new information on self-isolation exemptions for the funeral sector, can be found here.   For more information about how the sector should apply these exemptions, please see the recent blog post setting out the sector…

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23rd December 2021

Critical workers exemption   The Scottish Government has confirmed that businesses and organisations providing vital public services and Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) industries can apply an exemption to allow critical / essential workers to volunteer to leave self-isolation and return to work, in certain limited circumstances, to allow vital services to continue.   Businesses and…

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COVID-19: Update to protective measures and upcoming regulatory changes

22nd December 2021

On 21 December, as a consequence of the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, the First Minister set out new protective measures.  These measures are considered necessary to help stem the increase in cases of COVID-19, safeguard health and protect the NHS, the emergency services and the economy while the booster programme is completed and…

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COVID-19: Updates on Regulations and Guidance, Face Coverings and Supplementary Form for Cremation

16th December 2021

Regulations and guidance: On 14 December the First Minister outlined new measures and guidance that will come into effect tomorrow, 17 December, in order to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and to support staff and those arranging funerals. Businesses have a duty to manage workplace risks under existing health and safety legislation, in addition to…

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COVID-19: Update on staying safe measures and regulatory changes

15th December 2021

As Omicron continues to spread, the Scottish Government is setting out new guidance and measures to take effect from Friday to stem the flow of transmission, keep businesses and services open, and protect against pressure on health services.   The First Minister’s statement of 14 December is available to read in full here.   While funerals…

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