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Decision making data for mandatory face coverings: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002

Published:
3 Sep 2020
Decision making data for mandatory face coverings: FOI release
FOI reference: FOI/202000061627
Date received: 2 Jul 2020
Date responded: 12 Aug 2020
Information requested

The data on which decisions on mandatory masking are based.

Response

The Scottish Government has always and continues to make decisions based on the available scientific and medical evidence. Regarding face coverings, decisions were based on evidence and advice from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE).

The Scottish Government Covid-19 Advisory Group, commonly known as the CMO’s Advisory Group, applies the advice from the SAGE and other appropriate sources of evidence and information and use it to inform local decisions in Scotland.

The decision to make face coverings mandatory on public transport and retail settings was based on this evidence.

I have noted below links to the appropriate information :

  • On 4 June 2020, SAGE discussed mitigation measures which included the use of face covering.
    You can find further information in the meeting minutes which are available on the UK Government website here.
  • The World Health Organisation released update advise on face covering on the 5 June 2020.
    The guidance advised that to prevent Covid-19 transmission effectively in areas of community transmission, governments should encourage the general public to wear face coverings in specific situations and settings as part of comprehensive approach to suppress Covid-19 transmission. You can find a copy of this guidance on the WHO website here.
  • The UK Government released a summary of the relevant SAGE reports for this topic. This can be found on the UK Parliament website here.

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