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From Monday 26 April  those parts of the country that are currently in level 4, which includes all of mainland Scotland will move to down to level 3. From 26 April it will be possible for:

  • up to six people from two households to socialise indoors in a public place such as a café or restaurant
  • up to six people from six households to socialise outdoors including in an outdoor hospitality setting
  • unrestricted travel within Scotland, England and Wales (subject to local restrictions)
  • all shops, stores and close contact services like nail bars to open
  • hospitality venues like cafes, pubs and restaurants to open until 20:00 indoors, but without alcohol
  • alcohol to be served outdoors under local licensing restrictions
  • tourist accommodation to reopen (self-catering accommodation restricted in line with rules on indoor gathering)
  • funerals and weddings, including receptions, to take place with up to 50 people (alcohol permitted)
  • gyms and swimming pools to reopen for individual exercise
  • indoor attractions and public buildings such as galleries, museums and libraries to open.

From this date, takeaways can be collected indoors, non-essential childcare will be allowed, non-essential work can be carried out inside houses and driving lessons and tests can take place again.

All remaining travel restrictions will be lifted on 26 April for non-essential travel anywhere in Scotland, and for travel between Scotland, England and Wales (subject to local restrictions).

Travel between Scotland, Northern Ireland and the following parts of the Common Travel Area - Channel Islands and the Isle of Man is also allowed under Scottish law from 26 April, but you should check the rules on entry before you travel to these destinations.

As the situation changes, more information will be posted here for businesses as it becomes available.

Financial support for businesses

Visit FindBusinessSupport for more information on the various funding sources available to support businesses during Coronavirus, including:

  • HMRC coronavirus job retention scheme
  • Help for those who are self-employed (including anyone newly self-employed)
  • Industry specific funding (e.g. Creative, tourism, hospitality, construction etc.)
  • Coronavirus business interruption loan scheme (CBILS)

For advice specific to Fife about business rates support and supplier relief assistance for contracted Fife Council suppliers, click on the tabs below.

The Scottish Goverment's Coronavirus (COVID-19): Strategic Framework Business Fund is available to businesses in Fife. See Business Gateway Fife for more information

General support for businesses

For more general support available to help manage the impact of coronavirus on your business visit FindBusinessSupport

For details of the Scottish Government's business helpline, Business Gateway Fife and the job matching service launched in relation to Covid-19 for the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region, click on the tabs below.

Taxi/ Private Hire Driver's Grant

Applications to this fund have now closed.

Advice for businesses

For more advice to help manage the impact of coronavirus on your business visit FindBusinessSupport

Find advice specific to Fife about key workers and licensing.

General environmental health and trading standards information can be found on our business section webpages.

The Scottish Government recently updated their Framework and provided indictive dates and guidelines for the easing of restriction. Further information can be found here

Businesses can access information about Covid-19 from the following organisations:
Food Standards Scotland with Covid information at this link
Health & Safety Executive with Covid information at this link
Scottish Government with Covid information at this link

The Environmental Health and Trading Standards Teams can be contacted regarding Coronavirus matters by emailing

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