Scottish Government have now moved to an outbreak management approach based on five levels of protection to suppress Sars-Cov-2 virus. Framework comes into force on the 2nd November 2020.
Five Levels Summary and Effects on General Population and Businesses
Level 0 and Level 1
- Low incidence of the virus with isolated clusters, and low community transmission. Closest to normality, without a vaccine or effective treatment.
- This level would potentially permit the Government to move to Phase 4 of the plan to re-open businesses that have been closed throughout the Pandemic.
- Increased incidence of the virus, with multiple clusters and increased community transmission.
- Protective measures to tackle the virus, e.g. household mixing takes place with less physical distancing and mitigations.
- Intended to be in place for relatively short periods (2-4 weeks), for as long as required to get the virus down to a low, sustainable level.
- Very high or rapidly increasing incidence, and widespread community transmission which may pose a threat to the NHS capacity.
- Introduction of measures close to a return to full lockdown.
- Measures would be designed to be in place for a short period, to provide a short, sharp response to quickly suppress the virus