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

29 October 2020

The Scottish First Minister outlined the new tiered system at her daily coronavirus briefing on 23 October.

The new measures will come into force on Monday November 2nd. Towns and cities will be put into each of the levels depending on the local situation which will be reviewed on a weekly basis.

To clearly outline this new tiered system and best tackle the virus, protect people in Scotland and our economy, the Scottish Government have developed the 'Covid-19: Scotland’s Strategic Framework'.

The document provides a transparent and easily understood framework for managing outbreaks and allow rapid but proportionate responses to be taken – locally or nationally – using a transparent range of measures and options.

Find out which protection level (tier) your local authority area is in via the Scottish Government website. Below we have detailed some key restrictions within each level and what you can expect.

View local protection levels here

Levels and what you can expect

Level 0 (baseline) and Level 1:

Within these levels, we would expect to see low incidence of the virus with isolated clusters, and low community transmission. Broadly, these levels are the closest we can get to normality, without a vaccine or effective treatment in place, before conditions will allow us to move to Phase 4 of the Route Map. They would be similar to the measures in place during the summer, once we reached Phase 3. The Baseline and Level 1 are designed to be sustainable for longer periods. Pages 58 - 68 in the Strategic Framework document outline restrictions within this level. 

View Level 0 - 1 restrictions here

Levels 2-3:

Within Levels 2 and 3, we would expect to see increased incidence of the virus, with multiple clusters and increased community transmission. There would be a graduated series of protective measures to tackle the virus, focusing on key areas of risk – broadly, indoor settings where household mixing takes place with less, or less well-observed, physical distancing and mitigations. The measures would be intended to be in place for relatively short periods (2-4 weeks), and only for as long as required to get the virus down to a low, sustainable level. Pages 58 - 68 in the Strategic Framework document outline restrictions within this level. 

View Level 2 - 3 restrictions here

Level 4:

Within this level we would expect to see very high or rapidly increasing incidence, and widespread community transmission which may pose a threat to the NHS to cope. It is likely that this level would see the 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.  Pages 58 - 68 in the Strategic Framework document outline restrictions within this level.

View Level 4 restrictions here

We will continue to provide updates based on the latest Scottish Government guidance relating to coronavirus.

Download Scotland’s Strategic Framework