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 www.businessgatewayfife.com
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The Covid-19 outbreak is significantly impacting on many businesses. We appreciate that some of our suppliers will struggle to meet their contractual obligations, which would put their financial viability, ability to retain staff and their supply chains at risk.
We want to work with our contracted suppliers to provide support where it is possible, so that we can resume normal contract service delivery as soon as possible once the outbreak is over.
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The Covid-19 Discretionary Business Fund is now closed.
This is due to the funding being fully allocated.
If you have any questions about the Discretionary Fund, please contact Fife Council’s Economic Development Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you wish to discuss other types of support and advice that may be available for your business, please contact Business Gateway Fife at email@example.com. Back To Top
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.
The Scottish Government has also set up a helpline providing businesses across Scotland with advice and guidance on COVID-19. The business helpline number is 0300 303 0660. The helpline is open Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm and callers should select option one to speak to the COVID-19 team. Back To Top
A Job matching service - Covid-19 jobs support - for the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region has been launched in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Back To Top
Taxi/ Private Hire Driver's Grant
Applications to this fund have now closed.
To be eligible for a one-off grant of £1,500:
- taxi/private hire drivers must be licensed in Fife for the period 9 October 2020 to at least 31 January 2021.
- this excludes all drivers whose licences were suspended on or before 31 December 2020 and whose suspension remains outstanding.
Applicants must also confirm, by self-certification, that up to 31 December 2020:
- they have experienced loss of income as a taxi/private hire driver and incurred overhead costs and expenses; and
- they are or have been working or available for work as a taxi/private hire driver.
and meet the following criteria:
- the driver must not have breached wider COVID regulations/requirements prior to local restrictions (for example received a fixed penalty notice).
- the driver/business must not have connections to tax havens.
- You must advise if you have (i.e. your business) received any public sector assistance through a State Aid De minimis Scheme over the last 3 years.
If you have a taxi/private hire car driver’s licence in another authority, as well as Fife, you can only apply to one local authority for a grant.
You will need to upload a bank statement (payments will be made into a business bank account, where possible, or a personal account) dated within the last 3 months which shows your name, account number & sort code. Please note that we cannot accept screenshots from an online banking system which only show your recent activity.
If your application for a grant is unsuccessful, and you believe the criteria has not been correctly applied, you may appeal this decision by sending an email to TaxiDriversGrants@fife.gov.uk The decision will then be reviewed by senior officers in the Council.
We aim to pay all grants within 4 weeks of the date of receipt of a fully completed application
The information provided by you on the form will be used by Fife Council in order to process your application. It may be matched with other information held by Fife Council, for example Housing Benefit records, Council Tax benefit records, and may be shared with other outside agencies, for example other local authorities, in the interests of preventing fraud.
Please be advised that if any fraudulent claims are found, Fife Council may seek recovery of overpayments. This could include criminal proceedings.
The driver/business must not have connections to tax havens.
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Before a coronavirus grant can be made a company must confirm that the following conditions apply at the date of application:
- The company is not incorporated in a tax haven jurisdiction, or otherwise based for tax purposes, (e.g. it does not have a place of central management and control in a tax haven in a way that would create residence for tax purposes).
- The company is not a subsidiary of (i.e. is not owned by or controlled by) another company that is based in a tax haven.
- The company is not a parent company of a company that is based in a tax haven.
- The company does not participate in a tax arrangement that results in some or all of its profits being taxed in a tax haven. “Arrangement” refers to planning schemes put in place for tax purposes, rather than a genuine commercial profit stream.
Note - the restrictions would not apply if the recipient company is a “sister company” of a company based in a tax haven. For example, if the applicant company is based in Scotland and owned by a parent company based in the UK, no restrictions will apply if the parent company also owns subsidiaries in tax haven locations.
These grants could be considered as ‘State Aid’ under European Commission rules, which can limit the amount of such aid per recipient. Further information on State Aid is available on the Scottish Government website.
You must advise if you have (i.e. your business) received any public sector assistance through a State Aid De minimis Scheme over the last 3 years.
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 Covid19.Enforcement@fife.gov.uk
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