This is a joint publication between Public Health Scotland and Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infection (ARHAI) Scotland, part of NHS National Services Scotland.​

This guidance is to support those working in a range of settings outside of health and social care to give advice to their staff and users of their services about the COVID-19. Guidance on health and social care settings​ is also available.

This guidance covers:

  • what COVID-19 is and how it is spread
  • advice on how to prevent spread of respiratory infections including COVID-19
  • advice on what to do if someone is ill in a workplace or other settings

Where sector or occupation specific guidance is required to operationalise the measures then this will be led by the key national organisation with expertise in the specific area with expert health protection and infection prevention and control input and advice as required. We support development of customised guidance by providing specific health protection and infection prevention control advice where this is within our technical and scientific competence.

Some detailed setting specific guidance is included where the expertise for this is within the health protection remit. Where relevant, additional setting-specific information and advice is also included in, or is linked to from, this guidance.

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Last updated: 22 July 2021
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