COVID-19 Information Hub

COVID-19 Information Hub

Welcome to the Scottish Rural Network COVID-19 Information Hub. This hub has been set up in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and will be updated daily with the latest official guidance, helpful resources, funding support and news relevant to Scotland's rural communities.

If you are looking for more advice relating to agriculture and farming then please visit the COVID-19 page on

If you cannot find the answer you are looking for in the information below, then please get in touch with us via our online contact form.


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Health & Safety Advice

The same general social distancing and health & safety guidelines apply to rural Scotland as they do in more built-up areas. To protect yourself and others, you must:

  • stay at home
  • only go outside for essential food, health and work reasons
  • stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people
  • wash your hands regularly                
  • wash your hands as soon as you get home

For more detailed information and guidance, check out the following links:

Scotland's Routemap out of Lockdown

The route map gives an indication of the order in which we will carefully and gradually seek to change current restrictions. It provides practical examples of what people, organisations and businesses can expect to see change over time.

We are currently in Phase 3 of the routemap for moving out of lockdown. See the details of the key changes to be made which will be implemented in stages.

Rural Sector Guidance

Other Sector Guidance

Community Support & Funding 

Business Support & Funding

For information on business support funding available through the Scottish Government, you can visit the website. The three main funding streams available include the below;

Funding and support available through the UK Government;


Other funding and support available;

  • Growbiz is an independent, community-based organisation with charitable status, providing support to anyone starting, running or growing a rural business. They are increasing their support during the COVID-19 crisis and are open to any small or micro-business in Perthshire or other parts of rural Scotland.
  • Crowdfunder UK - Crowdfund Scotland are offering 100% free fundraising for businesses during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • COVID-19 Self-Isolation Support Grant

Food & Drink Support

Support and Information for Young People

Volunteering & Employment Opportunities

Learning Opportunities

Third Sector Funding & Information

Wellbeing & Mental Health Support

Other useful links