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Scope of this guidance

This guidance is to support those working in social, community and residential care settings to give advice to their staff and users of their services about COVID-19.

Please note this guidance has been merged with the COVID-19 information and guidance for care home settings (older adults).

Therefore, settings registered with the care inspectorate as older adult care homes should now refer to this guidance, as the former COVID-19 information and guidance for care home settings (older adults) has been withdrawn. The scope of this guidance has also been expanded to include services that support those experiencing homelessness.

Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) guidance for social, community and residential care settings

For IPC in social, community and residential care settings, see the Community IPC COVID-19 Pandemic appendix, produced by ARHAI Scotland, our national partner organisation for IPC.


Public Health Scotland’s guidance for Health Protection Teams (HPTs) has been updated. It details the expected risk status of various settings and the actions to be taken in the event of an outbreak.

Further information on this can be found in the COVID-19 guidance for health protection teams (HPTs).

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Last updated: 06 July 2022
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