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Scottish Council of Jewish Communities
Representing, connecting, and supporting Jewish people in Scotland

Covid-19 Lockdown
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Col Yisrael arevim zeh lazeh
Our responsibility as a Jewish Community is to take care of one another

last updated: 05/07/2020

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Information about Coronavirus (Covid-19), ways of limiting its spread, and Scottish and UK responses and inititatives can be read at the following links.

Health Information

NHS Inform
Latest guidance about COVID-19 from NHS Scotland and the Scottish Government, including social distancing and stay at home advice.

NHS Near Me
Near Me is a video consulting service that enables people to have health and social care appointments from home or wherever is convenient. All you need is an internet connection and a computer, smartphone, or tablet that can make video calls. Near Me is a secure form of video consulting approved for use by the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland.

Scottish Government

Coronavirus in Scotland
Up-to-date information and advice about the latest coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in Scotland.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Scotland's route map - what you can and cannot do
(3 July 2020)

Final Phase 2 measures confirmed
(2 July 2020)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Phase 2: Scotland's route map - physical distancing update
(2 July 2020)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): shielding support and contacts

(2 July 2020)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Scotland's route map – indicative dates for the remainder of Phase 2 and early Phase 3
(24 June 2020)

Gradual introduction of Phase 2
(18 June 2020)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): framework for decision making – Scotland's route map through and out of the crisis - Phase 2 update
(18 June 2020)

Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for the safe use of places of worship
(19 June 2020)

Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): funeral services in places of worship
(19 June 2020)

Covid-19 Factsheet
(May 2020)

Coronavirus guidance for parents and families
Advice for parents and carers on managing the impact of Covid-19 on their child’s learning and family life.

Police Scotland

Statement from the Chief Constable on lockdown changes
Chief Constable Iain Livingstone QPM said: "The law is changing as phase 1 of the Scottish Government route map for COVID-19 has been implemented. …"
(28 May 2020)

Reassurance message from Assistant Chief Constable Gary Ritchie
(message updated 3 June 2020)
Police Scotland are continuing to monitor community tensions and hate crime as a result of Covid-19. If you have any concerns or become aware of any increasing tensions within your community, please contact the Police Scotland Diversity Unit:

If you become aware of any incident, report it using the Police Scotland online reporting form, and please also notify the CST (24hr national emergency number 0800 032 3263, or, for non-urgent incidents, and SCoJeC of any antisemitic incidents.

Scottish Police Authority Independent Advisory Group

The Scottish Police Authority has set up an Independent Advisory Group on the policing of the coronavirus regulations, and SCoJeC's Director, Ephraim Borowski, is a member. They are keen  to  hear  the  views  and  experiences  of  members  of all minority  communities  about  how  they  are  affected  by how the regulations are being policed in Scotland.  

Click here to read Ephraim's letter on how to engage with the Independent Advisory Group, and contribute to the COVID-19 Police powers review.
(updated 9/6/2020)

UK Government

COVID-19 Mandate Fraud

The threat from mandate fraud has increased during the COVID-19 response. This could result in organisations losing substantial amounts of money that will be difficult to recover. However, whilst mandate fraud is becoming more sophisticated, it is entirely preventable if organisations are aware and take the threat seriously.

BEMIS: Empowering Scotland's Ethnic and Cultural Minority Communities

Ethnic Minority National Resilience Network
BEMIS Scotland are aware that ethnic minority communities across Scotland will need to self-isolate and may need additional support to access support agencies, emergency relief, or make contact with broader community support initiatives.


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