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Scottish Government COVID-19 Advisory Group minutes: 21 September 2020

Published: 25 Sep 2020

A note of the thirty-second meeting of the COVID-19 Advisory Group held on 21 September 2020.

25 Sep 2020
Scottish Government COVID-19 Advisory Group minutes: 21 September 2020

The group discussed adherence to covid-19 regulation. Drawing on behavioural science research, group members noted the importance of ensuring the public are supported to follow guidelines. Group members acknowledged that individuals will have different circumstances, such as their living situation and occupation, which may put them at greater risk of contracting the virus.

Group members noted the evidence shows widespread support for measures in place. The group noted the importance that coverage of those who are not following the guidelines should not overshadow the high levels of support and compliance with measures that is seen overall across the population.

Drawing on examples from other countries, group members discussed the way enforcement has been used to try to limit non-adherence to measures, through sanctions such as fines.

The group briefly discussed possible measures that may be implemented across  Scotland to curb increases in R. The group stressed the importance of clarity with any new measures introduced; avoiding measures that may appear to contradict each other and ensuring there is a clear rationale for each new measure.

As part of the discussion on new measures, the group noted the continued importance of self-isolating and supporting individuals to self-isolate if they test positive or are traced as a contact of a positive case.