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

Published: 3 Aug 2020
Date of meeting: 28 Jul 2020

A note of the twenty-seventh meeting of the COVID-19 Advisory Group held on 28 July 2020.

3 Aug 2020
Scottish Government COVID-19 Advisory Group minutes: 28 July 2020

Items and actions

The group met for a shorter meeting to discuss the upcoming start of universities and colleges terms and the importance of having clear guidance in place for students. As with workplace and leisure settings, it will be important to minimise the risk of reopening on levels of COVID-19 transmission in Scotland. 

Group members discussed some possible measures that could be implemented to ensure that students comply with local regulations. It will be important to ensure students are made aware of local laws and expectation regarding COVID-19. They noted that it will also be important for higher and further education institutions to have clear procedures in place if new cases are detected. 

Group members briefly discussed wearing face coverings in schools, noting their support for the advice from the subgroup on Education and Children’s issues which states that “Face coverings are not required for most children (those clinically advised to wear a covering would be an exception). Adults in schools do not need to wear face coverings as long as they can retain two metre distancing. Where adults cannot keep two metre distance, are interacting face-to-face and for about 15 minutes or more, face coverings should be worn.”