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Read the rapid analysis of the public engagement exercise on our approach to decision making with regard to changes to the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown arrangements.


The emergence of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is the biggest global challenge that humanity has faced for generations.

We want your views on how we overcome the challenges ahead.

On 23 April 2020 we published Coronavirus (COVID-19): framework for decision making. This sets out the issues Scotland faces. It outlines the approach and principles that will guide us as we make decisions about transitioning out of the current lockdown arrangements.

A new document - Coronavirus (COVID-19): framework for decision making – further information - was published on 5 May 2020. On 7 May we published an analytical overview of key analysis and evidence that supports the framework.

This includes proposed changes and options about:

  • staying at home
  • visiting other households
  • resuming care and support for those most affected by the current restrictions
  • businesses that have been subject to restrictions or closure
  • allowing pupils to return to school

The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon emphasised the need for transparency when she launched the framework and invited the people of Scotland to engage in this conversation to help us take the next steps to navigate to a new normal.  

How to take part

What happens after I post?

  • ideas and comments will be published as soon as possible – we’re moderating daily from 8am to 10pm but there may be a delay at busier times
  • posts that duplicate existing ideas will be locked to keep the conversation in one place
  • posts that are off-topic or don’t meet our moderation policy will not be published
  • please note that we can’t reply to posts or answer questions

You have until 11 May 2020 to feedback

This dialogue will be open in the first instance until 10pm on 11 May 2020. Longer term and broader engagement plans are in development, meaning that this will not be the only opportunity to participate.

We expect a high level of engagement and request that you are patient and try again later if the site becomes slow or temporarily unavailable. 

Read our preliminary analysis of responses.