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Scottish Government COVID-19 Advisory Group minutes: 23 July 2020

Published: 28 Jul 2020
Date of meeting: 23 Jul 2020

A note of the twenty-sixth meeting of the COVID-19 Advisory Group held on 23 July 2020.

28 Jul 2020
Scottish Government COVID-19 Advisory Group minutes: 23 July 2020

Items and actions

1. The group noted that the Education and Children’s Issues and Public Health Threat Assessment subgroups had met and were pursuing their remits. The group identified the importance of recent data on ethnicity published by Public Health England. Work being done by Public Health Scotland and the Scottish Government to consolidate various reports on coronavirus was acknowledged.

2. The group discussed issues relating to further and higher education, noting the similar issues arising in many respects – both sets of institutions are employers and will be subject to the usual guidance in most respects. Overall however they considered there would be benefit in looking at them separately as they typically operate on different scales. There is a need to be clear about the risk for different people and settings.

3.The group acknowledged that the arrival of university students from elsewhere in the UK and countries overseas with higher rates of coronavirus is a risk factor which will need to be controlled, although this was not an on-going risk. It would be important for these students to understand how to behave positively in line with Scottish rules and expectations for shopping, transport and social settings as well as education settings and universities’ arrangements should support and encourage this. Scotland can learn from international experience and examples of good practice.