Mike Rumbles - Covid 19 update - 18th May

The latest update from Mike Rumbles MSP and helpful information during the coronavirus outbreak.

For direct information about symptoms or what to do if you think you may have coronavirus go to www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus




People in Scotland can now go outside more than once a day to exercise. This activity should continue to be undertaken close to home. Those going out to exercise should either go alone or with members of their household. The change does not allow people to mix with people from different households, to gather in groups, or to go out to relax outdoors. The changed is based on evidence from the UK Government’s scientific advisers SAGE regarding outdoor transmission which found the risk seems to be significantly lower than indoors.



The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will continue until the end of October. It entitles furloughed workers across UK to receive 80% of their current salary, up to £2,500. New flexibility will be introduced from August.

For more information: CLICK HERE



The Scottish Government has indicated that recycling centres may be able to open soon, but we don't yet have a date.



The ability to offer webcasting of funeral services is now available. This enables live streaming of services as well as making recordings available for a short time.



New information, resources and support is available to help you at work and at home. The resources are based on the principles of psychological first aid. It provides advice and support for your practical, everyday needs and relationships, as well as tips on self-care, to help you cope with the challenges you’re facing during the pandemic.

For more information: CLICK HERE


The Water Industry Commission for Scotland has announced a scheme that will provide at least £50 million of support to businesses and organisations. The scheme ensures that business customers impacted by the crisis receive bills that more accurately reflect their current use of water and waste water services. In addition, unmetered and smaller businesses are eligible for a 60% deferral of their wholesale fixed charges backdated to 24 March 2020. The scheme also allows those business customers who prepaid water and sewerage charges to their licensed providers to request a refund. Smaller customers receiving a refund are also eligible to apply for a deferral of their fixed wholesale charges.

For more information: CLICK HERE



The Scottish Government advise that rail travel should be for essential purposes only. Scotrail, the government, the trade unions and passenger groups are preparing for an easing of the lockdown at some point. They have issued this advice for passengers for when that happens.




There is concern that domestic abuse may increase during the lockdown.

You can access help: HERE

See Mike's intervention on Testing during the Deputy First Minister's Covid 19 Update in the Scottish Parliament last Tuesday: HERE




UK Government news: www.gov.uk/search/news-and-communications
Scottish Government Updates: www.gov.scot/news
Aberdeen City Council Updates: https://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/services/coronavirus-covid-19
Aberdeenshire Council Updates: https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/covid-19/
Angus Council Updates: https://www.angus.gov.uk/coronavirus
Dundee City Council Updates: https://www.dundeecity.gov.uk/services/covid-19
NHS Inform www.nhsinform.scot/illnesses-and-conditions/infections-and-poisoning/coronavirus-covid-19
NHS Grampian website: https://covid19.nhsgrampian.org/
NHS Tayside website: https://www.nhstayside.scot.nhs.uk/YourHealthWellbeing/PROD_334959/index.htm
Helpline for those who do not have symptoms but are looking for general health advice Tel: 0800 028 2816
Health Protection Scotland Guidance www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/a-to-z-of-topics/covid-19
Federation of Small Businesses: fsb.org.uk/coronavirus
Helpline for small businesses, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm. Tel: 0300 303 0660
NFU Scotland advice https://www.nfus.org.uk/coronavirus/coronavirusqa.aspx
Ready Scotland Information https://www.readyscotland.org/coronavirus/


New community mutual aid groups are being established to help vulnerable people all over the North East. Here are the links to some of their Facebook groups. Please do search for more local groups in your area and please sign up and offer your support if you can.
- Aberdeen - www.facebook.com/groups/2550692921870646/
- Aberdeenshire - www.facebook.com/groups/aberdeenshire.mutual.aid/
- Dundee - www.facebook.com/groups/2259913884303722/


This is an anxious and uncertain time but we wanted you to know that Mike Rumbles MSP and our local councillors are ready to help in whatever way that we can.
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