SPF COVID-19 Information and Resource Guide

As all of our members and key stakeholders are, we are adjusting the way we work in accordance with government guidance, to ensure that we continue to represent members effectively and deliver a first-rate service to all during the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

We have already seen many excellent examples of property businesses acting to support their customers and communities through these unprecedented times. We encourage our members to let us know of any concerns that your business has, or actions it is taking, in respect of COVID-19.

Support to Members

In a rapidly evolving political and policy environment, we are continuing to work with our members to understand your issues, represent your concerns to government and in the media to do what we can to support you.

We have joined a coronavirus task force, set up by the BPF, to address the pandemic across the UK. We are also using our member network to identify and address the wide range of issues impacting on all parts of the sector.

The BPF are issuing a new weekly coronavirus newsletter to members alongside our normal weekly update. You can sign up here.

Please do let us know if there are issues relating to COVID-19 or otherwise that we should be addressing, or any other ways we can support you. Contact details for SPF staff are available here.

Support for Business

Packages of support for business have been announced by the UK and Scottish governments. We provide some details below, but information and advice from government can change quickly.

For all the latest Government information, please visit the UK Government website, the Scottish Government website, the Welsh Government website or the Northern Irish Government website, or access the latest BEIS newsletter for business here.

Guidance and Resources


Phase 3: business and physical distancing guidance here

Returning to work safely here

Non-domestic rates: legislation here

Support for businesses here

Construction sector guidance here

European Structural and Investment Funds here

Guidance for businesses on offering support here

Manufacturing sector guidance here

Guidance for homeworking here

Test and Protect: multi-sector guidance on collection of customer and visitor contact details here


Guidance for private landlords and letting agents here

Guidance on moving home here

Guidance for social landlords here

Cleaning and hygiene advice for multi-storeys and high-density flats here

Second homes guidance here

Guidance on college, university and purpose built student accommodation here

Commercial: retail, hospitality and tourism and events

Code of Practice for the commercial property sector - UK Government here

Retail sector guidance here

Guidance for retail, tourism and hospitality customers here

Tourism and hospitality sector guidance here

Guidance for museums, galleries and heritage attractions here

Events sector guidance here


Planning and Building Services

Collection of Chief Planner letters here

Guidance on safer public spaces - urban centres and green spaces here

Building standards certification of design - letter from the Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning here

Building standards building warrants - letter from the Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning here

Guidance on the verification of building work here

Further progress on Registers of Scotland digital services here


Report of the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery here

Scale of economic challenge highlighted here

Advisory Group on Economic Recovery: weekly update (weeks 4 to 8) here

Scottish Parliament: COVID-19 – impact on Scotland’s businesses, workers and the economy here

Scottish Parliament: Call for comment on budget 2021/22 here

Summer Budget Revision 2020 to 2021 here

General COVID-19 guidance

Scotland’s route map through and out of the crisis here

Updated route map - what you can and cannot do here

NHS Scotland advice centre here

Health Protection Scotland latest information and advice for professionals and organisations here

Coronavirus in Scotland here

For UK-wide industry information and the UK Government's response to COVID-19, please visit the BPF's Covid-19 hub