Covid-hit Scottish businesses to proportion £25m fund to enhance ventilatio…

SCOTTISH businesses at risk from covid are to proportion a £25m government package to enhance ventilation.

The grants will be aimed at “high risk” businesses which bring people into close closeness, such as restaurants, bars and gyms.

Companies will helped to attempt potentially costly work such as altering windows and vents and installing carbon dioxide monitors.

The money is set to come online in November and could help reopen businesses shut for many months by the pandemic.

Gyms are among the businesses likely to attract funds to help enhance ventilation. Photo by Danielle Cerullo on Unsplash

An expert advice group, chaired by Professor Tim Sharpe from the University of Strathclyde, unanimously recommended that businesses should be supported to enhance ventilation.

The Group was established in August to advise how enhanced ventilation can help reduce transmission of the virus.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “Improved ventilation will play a meaningful role in reducing transmission indoors, sustain the consistent opening of society and contribute to our wider Covid recovery.

“Many of the businesses we are targeting have been closed for long periods and it is right that they are helped to attempt this work.

Sturgeon additional: “We are allocating up to £25m to assist small and medium-sized enterprises and expect to begin making payments in November.

“The package will initially target higher risk sectors where people use meaningful amounts of time in close closeness to each other, such as hospitality and leisure, and will make indoor settings safer, especially by the winter months.”

It is expected that further details of the grants, including eligibility and timing, will be published on in due course.

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