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COVID-19 Recovery Committee

Baseline health protection measures: preparing for winter and pathways to recovery

The Committee conducted a short inquiry into baseline health protection measures: preparing for winter and pathways to recovery.


The Scottish Government’s Strategic Framework explains how it plans to respond to COVID-19 and what it seeks to achieve. This explains that the Scottish Government’s overall aim is:


“to suppress the virus to a level consistent with alleviating its harms while we recover and rebuild for a better future”.


The Scottish Government hopes to do this using what it refers to as “baseline health protection measures”. These include ventilation, face coverings and social distancing etc.


The inquiry focused on three broad policy areas:

  • health and social care services;
  • the hospitality, business and leisure sectors;
  • and schools.


The inquiry considered what role baseline health protection measures will play in lessening the impact of COVID-19 over the winter period. We also investigated what measures are required to support long-term recovery.


We focused on ventilation, but considered other measures, such as face coverings and social distancing.


Scheduled evidence sessions:

The Committee held a committee debate in the Chamber on Thursday 2 December 2021

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