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Framework for Decision Making – Scotland’s route map through and out of the crisis

The First Minister today set out the Scottish Government’s route map through and out of the Covid-19 crisis.


  • In her statement to the Scottish Parliament on 21st May, the First Minister stated that the time was now right for a “careful relaxation” of COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.
  • The Scottish Government have now published their routemap for exiting the current restrictions, Framework for Decision Making – Scotland’s route map through and out of the crisis.
  • This outlines how and when they intend to ease lockdown while continuing to suppress COVID-19. This paper will be supplemented by further documents and guidance that will be published in the days and weeks ahead.

Overall Scottish Government Approach

  • The Scottish Government have set out four post-lockdown phases by which they seek to ease restrictions. This will be a gradual, cautious, incremental and evidence-led approach.
  • The proposals are in no way definitive and the Scottish Government do not provide exact timelines for each phase. Restrictions may be reapplied depending on circumstances and scientific evidence.
  • However, Scotland will move into Phase 1 on 28 May. In the current period, the default messaging remains ‘stay at home’ and individuals should continue to work from home where possible.
  • The likely changes in Phase 1 may involve more outdoor activity and meeting people from other households in outdoor spaces; the resumption of some sports such as golf and fishing; early phases for the construction industry to restart work; and the re-opening of garden centres and drive-through takeaway food.
  • Moving beyond the first phase, future phases will be based on meeting particular criteria, including those set by the WHO.
  • The Scottish Government will continue to hold reviews every three weeks as a minimum, to ensure progress is being made and to assess whether it is possible to accelerate or need to decelerate elements within each phase.

The relaxation of restrictions on the accommodation sector occurs in Phase 3. There is currently no differentiation between types of accommodation (“Relaxation of restrictions on accommodation providers (including hotels, B&Bs and holiday homes”)) and no specific dates are provided for the commencement of Phase 3.

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