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Scottish Government COVID-19 Advisory Group minutes: 25 June 2020

Published: 2 Jul 2020

A note of the twenty-second meeting of the COVID-19 Advisory Group held on 25 June 2020.

2 Jul 2020
Scottish Government COVID-19 Advisory Group minutes: 25 June 2020

Items and actions

  1. The Advisory Group discussed the first meeting of the sub group on Education and Children. The group noted the value of international experience and agreed that advice on the issues to be considered by the sub group needed to take account of the balance of risks and communicate those risks clearly.
  2. The group discussed issues relating to physical distancing and ‘superspreader’ events and locations. The group considered that the evidence remains the same: that proximity increases risk.  The group noted the range of factors that needed to be taken into account when considering distancing in order to achieve a balanced views of the risks involved.  The group discussed mitigations alongside distance.
  3. The group agreed that advice on the science and balance of risks needed would need to be supported by clear communication of the group’s recommendations and take account of the changing context of the incidence of the coronavirus in Scotland when considering risk.
  4. The group discussed the current rates of new infections and the different influences on that and the overall number of infections. The group noted that the risk of outbreaks arising from air travel was generally low and that travel restrictions meant that risk was at a lower level currently. Recently introduced quarantine arrangements for overseas visitors would help to limit that risk further through links with Test and Protect.