Options for easing the Coronavirus lockdown restrictions - April to July 2020


About the Inquiry

On 24 April the COVID-19 Committee agreed that as part of its cross-cutting scrutiny approach it would seek written and oral evidence on possible options for the Scottish Government’s "exit strategy" from the lockdown restrictions and the extent to which this could involve a phased approach across different localities within Scotland. 

The Committee issued a call for views which closed on 29 May 2020. 

Read the call for views and responses here. 

Read the SPICe summary of responses (260KB PDF)


On 21 May 2020 the Scottish Government published Scotland’s route map through and out of the crisis. The Committee took evidence from the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills on this publication at its meeting on 28 May and the Official report for that meeting is available online.

The route map supplements the previously published documents, Coronavirus (Covid-19) Framework for decision making (published, 23 April) and Coronavirus (COVID-19): framework for decision making - further information (published, 5 May). 

An overview of public engagement, providing an outline of "the themes emerging from a rapid analysis of the public engagement exercise on our approach to decision making with regard to changes to the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown arrangements" was also published by the Scottish Government on 21 May. 

The Committee took evidence from the DFM on the "further information" document on 29 April. The official report is available on the Committee’s website

The Committee also took evidence from Sir Harry Burns, Professor of Global Public Health at the University of Strathclyde and Linda Bauld, Bruce and John Usher Professor of Public Health and Centre for Population Health Sciences Co-Director at the University of Edinburgh on options for transitioning out of the current lockdown arrangements on 7 May. The official report is also available on the Committee’s website.


Oral evidence
The Committee will take oral evidence throughout its meetings in June 2020.


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