SFHA Covid-19 information
Summary of Covid-19 information and guidance.
The Scottish Government’s Strategic Framework provided a phased approach to easing the restrictions which were put place in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Scottish Government confirmed that, from 9 August 2021, many of the legal restrictions would be lifted. Some precautionary measures remain in place and will be reviewed on a three-week basis to ensure they remain proportionate.
All of the latest Covid-19 information and guidance can be found on the Scottish Government website and some of the key documents for social landlords are summarised below:
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): staying safe and protecting others
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): safer businesses and workplaces
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): returning to offices
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): face coverings guidance
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): ventilation guidance
Employers and employees should continue to manage the risk of transmission of the virus in their workplace and act under existing law such as the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. While there is no longer a legal requirement for physical distancing (with the exception of healthcare settings), individuals and businesses are being encouraged to think about how best to use the space available in different settings and consider retaining some measures outlined in the good practice section of the guidance for safer businesses and workplaces.
During the course of the pandemic, SFHA, the Social Housing Resilience Group and other partners produced various guides to support the social housing sector which captured advice and guidance provided by the Scottish Government and other external sources.
With Scotland having now moved beyond level 0 and no longer adopting the previous protection levels system, much of this information has now been superseded.
An archive of these documents has been retained below for reference purposes, however, please note that this information is no longer being updated.
Managing services guides for members
The Social Housing Resilience Group has produced a guide to help our members manage services which have been disrupted due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic:
- Guide to Managing Services – published 10 June 2020, current version published 14 July 2021 Please note that previous versions of this guide, published throughout 2020, were titled Guide to Restarting Services.
SFHA, the Housing Support and Enabling Unit and their members have produced guides to support social landlords with restarting sheltered housing services which were paused during the lockdown phase of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
- Guie to Restarting Sheltered Housing Services
- Briefing 1 – 18 February 2021
- Briefing 2 – 31 March 2021
- Useful resource: Bield – Lateral Flow Testing Guidance for Managers
- Useful resource: Bield – Lateral Flow Testing Frequently Asked Questions for staff
SFHA briefing notes for members
SFHA has produced briefing notes to help our members through the COVID-19 crisis – click on the specific area of work below to go directly to that section:
- Service delivery – published 23 March 2020, final version published 10 June 2020
- Health and safety – published 25 March 2020, final version published 15 July 2020
- Practical governance advice and word template– published 26 March 2020, final version published 19 August 2020
- Care and support – published 27 March 2020, final version published 20 October 2020. Previous versions here.
- Social Security and Universal Credit – published 31 March 2020
- Freedom of Information and word template– published 30 March 2020, final version published 22 June 2020
- Combating Isolation – published 3 April 2020
- The Coronavirus (Scotland) Act: Extension of Notice Periods – published 9 April 2020
- Humanitarian Community Resilience – published 16 April 2020
- Finance – published 27 April 2020, current version published 9 July 2020