Covid-19: Citizens' Panel

The Covid-19 Committee has established a Citizens’ Panel to discuss and respond to the following question:

‘What priorities should shape the Scottish Government's approach to COVID-19 restrictions and strategy in 2021?’

The Citizens' Panel has 20 members. The members will take part from all eight Parliamentary regions and were chosen to broadly reflect the demographics of Scotland. The Citizens' Panel will meet in virtual sittings on the following dates:

     16 January 2021   -   23 January 2021  -  30 January 2021   -   6 February 2021  

The Citizens' Panel's findings will assist the Covid-19 Committee in scrutinising the Scottish Government’s strategic approach to the pandemic, including what priorities should inform any future restrictions in 2021. The Committee will also reflect on the panel’s findings to inform its recommendations for how Covid scrutiny should continue after the election.        

News release

Citizens' Panel's Sittings

16 January 2021

The participants met virtually for the first time on 16 January 2021. You can find the programme and slides from the presentations that took place during the day below.       

23 January 2021

The participants' second sitting took place on 23 January 2021.You can find the programme and slides from the presentations that took place during the day below.

30 January 2021

The participants' third sitting took place on 30 January 2021. You can find more information below.


The Citizens’ Panel's report was published on 18 February 2021

Evidence Sessions

The Committee took evidence from participants at its meeting on 18 February 2021.

The Committee took evidence from Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister and Dr Gregor Smith, Chief Medical Officer, Scottish Government at its meeting on 10 March 2021.

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