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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Scotland's Strategic Framework

BY Douglas Cameron
Health & Safety
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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.

Levels 2-3

  • 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.

Level 4

  • 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


A full breakdown of the 5 levels can be found 

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