Review and future development
This guidance extends until further notice. It sets out both our current advice and guidance in helping to handle COVID-19, as well as helping to deliver the route-map towards restarting activities within overarching public health considerations.
Now that the direct health harms caused by the virus are reducing and, as a result of the success of the vaccine roll-out, our strategic intent has been revised - "To suppress the virus to a level consistent with alleviating its harms while we recover and rebuild for a better future".
We will continue to develop plans to address the wider issues needed to get sectors restarted again. This will happen in a phased manner as set out in the Coronavirus (COVID-19): framework for decision making – Scotland’s route map through and out of the crisis. The route map provides an indication of the order in which we will carefully and gradually seek to lift current restrictions, but does not attempt to specify dates for all the different phases. All of this will be evidence led.
Easing restrictions will not mean returning to how things were before the virus. Some baseline measures may remain necessary to stop the virus resurging and to help people, businesses and organisations to manage transmission risks.
This guidance will be updated and reviewed as required in consultation with the sectors’ organisations and unions. Please ensure you use the latest version.