COVID -19 Information

Update 26th March 2020:

Please click on the link below for  a coronavirus (Covid-19) briefing covering:

  • Social media messages to young people
  • Licensing – MOT changes
  • Council tax update
  • School lunch changes
  • Inverclyde advice services

Coronavirus (covid-19) briefing 26 March 2020

Update 23rd March 2020

The First Minister has called for an immediate stop to public gatherings of more than two people in Scotland in a bid to flatten the curve of Covid-19 spread and protect the NHS.

Following a meeting of the UK Government’s COBR committee, an effective ban is in place on gatherings in public places, excluding household groups or in a work-related capacity.

In addition all non-essential shops should be closed, as well as public spaces such as libraries, communal parks and playgrounds, and places of worship. The ban extends to ceremonial social events, such as weddings and christenings, with the exception of funerals which will be restricted to immediate family only. The First Minister was clear that these decisions are not taken lightly ‘but are essential for the protection of all of us.’

The only permissible reasons to leave your home are as follows:

  • to shop for basic necessities and that should be limited to once a day
  • to take exercise once a day – but alone or with your own household, not in groups
  • for medical reasons or to care for a vulnerable person
  • to travel to essential work if that cannot be done at home. Further guidance to employers is pending.

In agreement with Police Scotland, officers will be permitted to deploy ‘soft enforcement’ of these measures, prior to the Scottish Government taking legal powers from Thursday.

The First Minister reiterated guidance of the Scottish Government for people to stay home and only venture outside when absolutely necessary. In line with existing advice, non-essential retail units are now required to close and shopping for basic necessities kept to a minimum.

Please click on the link below to read further guidance:

Full guidance on staying at home and away from others.

Breaking News:

We are aware of the Scottish Government announcement to close schools on Friday.  Please note further information will come out to parents in due course from Inverclyde council.

Information regarding COVID -19 is being updated by the Government daily and links to the latest health and travel advice can be found on the Inverclyde Council website:

Further information can also be found on

Please click on the link below for guidance issued to parents on the 17th March with recent advice.

Parents – Covid-19 letter 17.3.20

It has been announced by the UK/Scottish Government that as of 16th March anyone developing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, however mild, should stay at home for 7 days from the onset of symptoms as per existing advice. In addition, it is now recommended that anyone living in the same household as a symptomatic person should self-isolate for 14 days.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature

Information for the public on COVID-19, including stay at home advice for people who are self-isolating, can be found on NHS Inform.

Further, people are advised to take social distancing measures to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19. In particular, this is strongly advised for people aged 70 or over, people with underlying medical conditions and pregnant women. Further advice on these measures will be available on NHS Inform.



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