Last updated: 27th March 2020
This page gives an overview of the current coronavirus (or COVID-19) situation, as it affects business in Linlithgow. It does not purport to give medical advice or replace official channels for providing up-to-the-minute updates.
For up-to-date information about business support available nationally and locally, please see the relevant pages on the “Coronavirus” drop-down menu.
You can find general information on the virus here, news from Scottish Government here and from Westminster here. The official UK Government response to the outbreak can be found here. The Scottish Government helpline, specifically for businesses, is 0300 303 0660 (lines open Mon-Fri from 8:30am until 5:30pm; select option 1 for the coronavirus team).
Locally, St. Michael’s Parish Church has set up the “Linlithgow Coronavirus Support” page on Facebook, which is open to all (from business updates and offers of companionship/support, through to simple entertaining distractions for people self-isolating and feeling lonely). The group has already surpassed 1,200 members. If you’d like to register to help locally, you can volunteer here. Particularly if you are PVG-certified, your help would be invaluable. A list of links to local resources is also maintained.
When we posted our first update, both Westminster and Holyrood Governments were scrabbling to produce coherent advice and support packages to businesses. Support packages are now available to businesses and employees, but any hope of retaining some level of turnover was dashed when all non-essential businesses were ordered join pubs, leisure centres and restaurants in shutting down entirely for the safety of the nation. The self-employed also qualify for the same 80% pay support as employees, but must wait until June to apply.
One Linlithgow exists solely to support its member businesses. We tried to continue running our day-to-day projects as long as they could realistically be delivered, but everything must now take a back seat to mitigating damage caused by the coronavirus.
We can only do this by working with our member businesses, community organisations, the public sector, and the people of Linlithgow. We don’t have all the answers, so we’d love to hear from you how we can help in ways we might not have thought of yet.
We’ve met public sector officers, Councillors and MPs to agree a coherent local strategy for delivering business support, and we post the updates on this site.