A route map setting out a phased approach to easing lockdown restrictions while still suppressing coronavirus (COVID-19) has been published.

Published on 21st May, the Scottish Government route map gives details of a gradual four phase move out of the current state of lockdown.

‘COVID-19: Framework for Decision Making – Scotland’s route map through and out of the crisis’ gives practical examples of what people, organisations and businesses can expect to see change over time.

It also highlights some of the things that won’t change for a while, including the continuing need for enhanced public health measures such as physical distancing.

If the evidence shows transmission of COVID-19 is under control and the number of infectious cases is starting to decline, the Scottish Government will consider moving to Phase 1 of the route map following the next end-of-cycle review date on 28 May.

The NHS Scotland test, trace, isolate and support strategy – known as Test and Protect - will be ready for expansion in all 14 health boards from 28 May.

A plan agreed between councils, professional associations and parent representatives to reopen schools on 11 August, subject to scientific advice that it is safe to do so, has also been published today.

Background

Read COVID-19: Scotland’s route map for transitioning through and out of the crisis.

The route map covers changes in the key areas of: Seeing family and friends; Getting around; Schools and childcare settings; Working or running a business; Shopping, eating out and drinking; Sport, culture and leisure; Community and public services; Gatherings and occasions; Health and Social Care.

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