Covid-19 Business Closures Update

Guidance on business closures and social distancing on business premises

The UK Government and Scottish Government have agreed a number of regulations and emergency restrictions as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  The legislation that has been passed in Scotland is the Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Regulations 2020.

Our Trading Standards Officers and Environmental Health Officers are striving to make sure that local businesses are complying with legal requirements contained in Regulations 3 and 4.  These requirements relate to the closure of certain business premises and to the social distancing measures that should be put in place at business premises which can currently remain open.

Our officers will be working closely with colleagues from Police Scotland. Officers from Police Scotland will also be carrying out work to make sure that people are not gathering or making non-essential journeys during the emergency period.


If you are an East Dunbartonshire business and would like advice regarding whether you can continue to operate, please email the Environmental Health or Trading Standards teams at the following email addresses:      (food businesses)           (all non food businesses)

If you email for advice, please provide us with the following information:

  • Name of the business
  • Address of the business
  • Type of business and products or services sold
  • Details of your query
  • Your name and contact details


If you have concerns about a business in East Dunbartonshire that is not complying with the closure requirements or social distancing and want to report that, or if you are an East Dunbartonshire resident who would like further information about the business closure or business social distancing requirements in the Regulations, please email us at:      (food businesses)           (all non food businesses)

You should provide us with all the information you have on any business you are looking to report or the specific nature of your enquiry, including the following information:

  • Name of the business
  • Address of the business
  • Type of business (eg hairdresser, restaurant, factory manufacturing food, online retailer selling cosmetics) - please note this information is very important, some businesses are still allowed to operate
  • Hours of operation of the business (if known)
  • Your name and contact details so that we can contact you if we need further information

We will investigate your concerns and where necessary deal with the business using powers contained in The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Regulations 2020.

Please note that food businesses are permitted to operate a takeaway and delivery service during this time.

Further sources of information:

The Scottish Government’s webpages on COVID-19, including all guidance, is at
The Health Protection (Coronavirus) (Restrictions) (Scotland) Regulations 2020
The NHS information in relation to all aspects of coronavirus (COVID-19) can be found on the NHS Inform website: