Appendix 4: Legislative landscape
The Coronavirus Act 2020, the Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020, and the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Act 2020 provide the main legal framework under which the response to the COVID-19 pandemic is managed. A non-exhaustive list of coronavirus legislation can be found on the UK Government legislation website.
Of particular interest in relation to health protection is the Coronavirus Act 2020 Schedule 21 Part 3, which outlines powers relating to potentially infectious persons in Scotland. The Act also gives Scottish Ministers powers to issue directions closing or restricting events, gatherings and premises and gives Ministers powers to make Regulations to respond to the incidence or spread of COVID-19 in Scotland.
Organisational responsibilities and procedures for the investigation of public health incidents are set out in the Public Health etc. (Scotland) Act 2008. Salient points relating to incident management are set out in the guidance which accompanied the Act.
Published regulations/directives/orders relating to the pandemic can be found on the Scottish Government website.