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First Minister Sets Out Scotland’s New Strategic Framework

October 23, 2020 by No Comments | Category Uncategorized

The First Minister today (23 October) launched Scotland’s new Strategic Framework for managing and supressing COVID-19. The framework is available here and will take effect from Monday 2 November, following a parliamentary debate and vote next week.

The Strategic Framework is rooted in tackling the four harms we know the virus causes; risk to life and health; impact on wellbeing, impact on wider society and impact on the economy and employment.

Scotland’s approach to outbreak management will be based on five levels of protection. This avoids a ‘one size fits all’ approach and recognises that different levels will be appropriate for different parts of the country at different times. The levels will be regularly reviewed.

The framework sets out that funerals and wakes (in regulated venues) can continue to take place with up to 20 people, with physical distancing, throughout levels 1-4. At level 0 (i.e. baseline) funerals can take place with up to 50 people.

We are keen to hear your feedback on the framework to factor into deliberations next week. You can email us at