COVID-19 Committee Call for Evidence


About the Inquiry

The Covid-19 Committee would like to hear your views on the options for refining or reducing the current lockdown arrangements.  The Committee is mindful that this is an unprecedented and complex situation which will require the Scottish Government to make difficult decisions which necessarily involve competing interests and challenging trade-offs.  The Committee is equally mindful of the need to involve a wide range of voices in discussion and debate to inform the decision-making process.

The Committee welcomes publication of the Scottish Government’s framework for decision-making and its call for ideas from the public about transitioning out of the current lockdown situation.

The Committee’s call for evidence is intended to complement this work.  The Committee is especially interested in your views on the following –

  • The approach being taken by the Scottish Government in its COVID-19 Framework for Decision Making;
  • The scope for a differentiated approach to easing current restrictions on an area by area basis across the UK and in Scotland; 
  • How do we maintain public confidence and support in the public sector response to COVID-19 as determined by the Scottish Government whilst easing current restrictions;
  •  How should different interests in civic society and the economy be involved in the decision-making process about amending restrictions and what would enable the final decisions to be widely supported despite any necessary trade-offs that may require to be made;
  • Could the current decision-making processes used by the Scottish Government to respond to COVID-19 be improved and if so how;
  • How robust is the current data used to inform the on-going response and are there areas where further development is required;
  • How should the messaging strategy be developed by the Scottish Government as we ease parts of the current lockdown (and may potentially need to create other restrictions).
  • The closing date for submissions was Friday 29 May.

Before making a submission, please read our privacy notice about submitting your views to a Committee. This tells you about how we process your personal data.

Please note that in most cases your written submission will be published on the Scottish Parliament's website and may be quoted in the Committee's report or in Committee meetings (which are public and broadcast).

We welcome written views in English, Gaelic, Scots or any other language. Due to the time required to process and analyse evidence late submissions will only be accepted with the agreement of the Committee Clerk.

The Scottish Parliament and its Committees value diversity and seek to work towards committee witnesses being broadly representative of Scotland’s society. As such we encourage members of underrepresented groups to submit written evidence If you need advice, please contact the Clerks at [email protected]

Written responses should be sent electronically, to [email protected]

Ideally submissions should be no more than four sides of A4.



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