How can I protect myself and other people?
Anyone can spread coronavirus. To save lives, you must now stay at home.
Can I go outside if I have symptoms?
No. If you or anyone else in your household has a high temperature or a new and continuous cough, even if those symptoms are mild, you and everyone else you live with must not leave your home at all for 14 days. If you need something ask someone out with your household to get it for you or have it delivered and left at your front door.
If a household member develops coronavirus symptoms late in the 14-day household-isolation period (for example, on day 13 or day 14) the household isolation period does not need to be extended, but the person with the new symptoms has to stay at home for 7 days.
You can find all the information about what you need to do in the NHS Inform website here.
What if my partner or ex-partner and I both look after our children but live in separate homes?
If you and your partner live in separate homes but take turns to look after your children, you can continue to do this. If there is a court order or formal agreement in place, you should try to stick to the arrangements it sets out. The Lord President has now issued guidance on compliance with court orders. This is available here.
If you have a more informal arrangement with your partner or ex-partner, you’ll need to discuss what’s best for your kids. When you’re travelling between homes, try to avoid public transport if you can and stay 2 metres away from other people. If it's not possible to keep face to face contact, for example if either household has symptoms, you should try and maintain regular contact virtually using for example FaceTime, WhatsApp or Skype.
Where can I go for information and help?
The Scottish Government are unable to provide individual advice. Most organisations are still offering support over the phone, by email or information is available on their websites.
If you have concerns about domestic abuse, please contact the Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline which is 0800 027 1234. Webchat and email support is also available.
The Scottish Child Law Centre also provides advice and information about children’s rights and child law. Please email email@example.com if you have any queries. If you are a child or young person under the age of 21 there is a helpline – free from a mobile 0300 330 1421 or from a landline 0800 328 8970.
If you have an ongoing court case you can find up-to-date information on the Scottish Courts & Tribunals website about court closures and court business generally.
Looking after yourself
These are all dramatic changes that we’re having to make, but it’s important to follow these guidelines so you can help protect your family’s health and the health of your community.
You can find advice on the Mind website about coronavirus and your wellbeing.
Information in BSL
You can find information on corovonavirus in British Sign Language (BSL) on the ParentZone Scotland website.