Covid-19 Update

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 3rd March 2020.

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Photo of Jeane Freeman Jeane Freeman Scottish National Party

We have stood up SGoRR—the Scottish Government resilience room—and the Scottish Government’s resilience operation, which the First Minister chairs. Obviously, that involves cabinet secretaries across the Government’s portfolios undertaking work in their own areas. My colleague Ms Hyslop is looking at cultural events and organisers, sporting events and other types of events, and she is getting in contact with organisers so that they understand where we currently are on coronavirus. They are picking up some of the points that Mr Cole-Hamilton made about ensuring that there is resourcing for people to wash their hands properly, for example. Contact is being maintained with them so that they are alongside us as we go actively through the containment phase and contribute to that containment, and so that they are among the factors that we would play in when we came to look at whether we wanted to place any restrictions on large-scale events. I stress again that we are not at that stage yet, and we have not made those decisions. A number of factors would need to come into play before we did that.