Emergency Covid powers brought in by the Scottish Government to deal with the pandemic could become permanent – under plans revealed this week.
Ministers want to retain the power to order schools to close, impose lockdowns and operate virtual courts.
They say this will enable them to react more swiftly to further coronavirus developments or future pandemics.
Officials are seeking the public's views on removing the planned expiry date of March 2022 for many of the temporary measures, with Deputy First Minister John Swinney arguing that some of the changes have had a "demonstrable benefit to the people of Scotland".
This would ensure "ministers can respond effectively and rapidly to any future threats to public health in Scotland".
However, there have been misgivings expressed about sweeping powers remaining permanent – and outside the scrutiny of the Scottish Parliament.
That’s why we’re asking: what do you think?
Should the Scottish Government’s Covid powers be made permanent?
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