Timeline of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Scotland

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This timeline focuses on Scotland’s response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and includes all major developments. Each entry includes a link to further information and/or relevant official reports, policies and guidance.

During the summer recess, which is scheduled to run from 27 June to 9 August 2020, updates will be made from 2-4pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Please see our Coronavirus (COVID-19) hub for related content and our Coronavirus (COVID-19) data blog for the latest statistics.

31 December 2019

Chinese authorities alerted the World Health Organization (WHO) of pneumonia cases in Wuhan City, Hubei province, China. The disease was first referred to as 2019-nCoV. 

The first British victim dies of coronavirus onboard the Diamond Princess.

28 February 2020

Governments of the UK publish a coronavirus action plan which sets out a collective approach to the outbreak.

3 March 2020
11 March 2020

WHO declares the virus a pandemic.

UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak announces a £12bn package of emergency support to help the UK .

The first case of community transmission in Scotland unrelated to contact or travel is identified.

Letter issued by the Chief Planner on the relaxation of enforcement of conditions relating to retail distribution in relation to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

15 March 2020

Letter from the Chief Medical Officer (CMO), Catherine Calderwood, to Scottish health boards about the implications of the move to the delay phase on how to identify and manage cases.

Scottish Government advises organisers should cancel or postpone all mass events of 500 people or more – indoors or outdoors.

UK Government begins daily press briefings.

16 March 2020
17 March 2020

First Minister’s keynote COVID-19 speech to the Scottish Parliament saying “life will change significantly” and emphasising the need for every citizen to reduce all non-essential social contact.

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman told MSPs the NHS in Scotland was now on an “emergency footing.”

UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak announces the biggest package of emergency state support for business since the 2008 financial crash.

Cabinet Secretary for Constitution, Europe and External Affairs, Michael Russell, sends letter to Michael Gove, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, setting out the Scottish Government’s intention to pause work on holding an independence referendum in 2020.

Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell announces £350m to support people in need.

Scottish Government issues guidance for social landlords.

18 March 2020
19 March 2020

For the first time, China reports zero local infections, a milestone in the fight against the pandemic.

In a statement to Parliament, the Scottish Government announces the closure of schools and nurseries by the end of the week.

Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills John Swinney’s speech on managing the impacts of coronavirus on Scottish education.

Speech on the UK Government Coronavirus Bill by the Cabinet Secretary for the Constitution, Europe and External Affairs Michael Russell.

Chief Nursing Officer, Fiona McQueen calls for additional health professionals to return to the NHS.

Letter from the Chief Pharmaceutical Officer, Dr Rose Marie Parr appealing to pharmacists and pharmacy technicians to rejoin the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) register.

First Minster’s address to the nation warning that Scots were facing the “biggest challenge of our lifetimes” in the fight against coronavirus.

Scottish Government produces guidance for private landlords and letting agents.

The UK government orders all pubs, restaurants, gyms and other social venues across the country to close.

20 March 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, in a televised address to the nation, says that people should only go outside to buy food, to exercise once a day, or to go to work if they absolutely cannot work from home. People will face police fines for failure to comply with these new measures.

Nicola Sturgeon states: “Let me blunt. The stringent restrictions on our normal day to day lives that I’m about to set out are
difficult and they are unprecedented. They amount effectively to what has been described as a lockdown.”

23 March 2020
24 March 2020

First day of ‘lockdown’.

Cabinet Secretary Humza Yousaf’s speech on Justice and COVID-19 to the Scottish Parliament where he outlines how justice agencies, front-line professionals and other staff are dealing with this emergency situation.

Sea Fisheries Intervention Fund set up to provide emergency hardship support for fishing vessels.

Letter sent to all registered childminders in Scotland from from Children’s Minister Maree Todd confirming that registered childminders should cease all provision besides emergency childcare for key worker families and vulnerable children. 

Joint statement by the Scottish Government and Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) on fair work expectations.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Declaration of a serious and imminent threat to public health Announcement of the declaration for the exercise of powers under schedule 21 and 22 of the Coronavirus Act 2020.

25 March 2020
26 March 2020

Scottish Government produce clinical guidance for the management of clients accessing care at home, housing support and sheltered housing. The guidance is aimed at Guidance aimed at local authorities, Health and Social Care Partnerships (HSCPs) and registered providers, who support and deliver care and support to people in their own homes.

People across the UK start a weekly clap at 8pm to thank the NHS workers and caregivers for their service in tackling the pandemic.

Direction under Paragraph 2(2) of Schedule 14 (Review of medical certificates of cause of death and cremations: Scotland) of the Coronavirus Act 2020 (C.7).

Scottish Government produce updated clinical guidance for nursing home and residential care residents.

Letter from the Chief Medical Officer, Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Social Work Adviser about COVID-19 clinical guidance for social care settings.

UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak unveils a package of measures to help self-employed workers during the economic downturn, giving those earning less than £50,000 a taxable grant equal to 80 percent of their average profits.

Scottish Government publishes rules on staying at home and away from others (social distancing) These measures are required by law using powers from the UK Coronavirus Bill.

Scottish Government produces advice for unpaid carers on COVID-19.

Scottish Government produces guidance for campsites, holiday parks, caravan sites, motorhome hire businesses

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Health Secretary Matt Hancock test positive for the coronavirus.

27 March 2020
30 March 2020

Scottish Government issues guidance on the closure of daycare services for children.

Scottish Government produces advice for schools and childcare settings who are providing care to children including information on social distancing.

Letter from the Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning, Kevin Stewart about guidance on building standards compliance and special measures to enable the occupation of new buildings as a result of COVID-19.

01 April 2020

Scottish Government issues advice for organisations and their staff working in non-healthcare public services The aim of this advice is to support implementation of social distancing measures to reduce spread of Covid-19 within public service workplaces.

The 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) summit, due to be held in Glasgow in November, is postponed until 2021.

At least one million people around the world have been infected since the outbreak began, according to figures collected by researchers from Johns Hopkins University.

The global total of confirmed deaths from Covid-19 has passed 50,000, according to the tally of official figures maintained by Johns Hopkins University.

Scottish Government revises guidance on Vitamin D due to people being indoors for much of the day and not getting enough
exposure to sunshine.

02 April 2020
03 April 2020

Scottish Government produces clinical guidance from the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) on treating patients with COVID-19.

Scottish Government produces tailored advice for those who live with specific medical conditions. Conditions include: cancer, diabetes, heart disease, IBD; chronic kidney and liver disease; dermatological, neurological, (specific) ophthalmic, respiratory and rheumatic conditions, chronic pain, and rare diseases.

Scottish Government produces advice for livestock keepers on statutory testing.

Scottish Government produces guidance for businesses in Scotland on social distancing, including the closure of all retailers that sell non-essential goods and other non-essential premises.

04 April 2020
05 April 2020

Scotland’s Chief Medical Officer Catherine Calderwood resigns after making two trips to her second home during the coronavirus lockdown.

The UK Prime Minister  Boris Johnson is admitted to hospital.

07 April 2020
10 April 2020

The global death toll surpasses 100,000.

New domestic abuse campaign launched to highlight the help still available during lockdown. The campaign will will run until 17 May 2020.

12 April 2020
13 April 2020

£50m Wellbeing Fund opened to assist charities, community and voluntary groups and social enterprises.

New National helpline set up to provide essential assistance to high-risk individuals without family or community support.

14 April 2020
15 April 2020

Scottish Government announces its second phase of small business relief funding, worth £120m.

Scottish Government announces the creation of the £3m Aquaculture hardship fund, to support shellfish and trout farmers.

19 April 2020

Construction work concludes at the NHS Louisa Jordan hospital at the Scottish Events Campus (SEC) in Glasgow.

20 April 2020
21 April 2020

Scottish Government publishes report on the projected impact of COVID-19 on Scotland’s economy. 

Scottish Government calls on the UK Government to fill gaps in business funding schemes. 

Cabinet Secretary for Justice Humza Yousaf announces proposals for the early release of some short-term prisoners.

Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop confirms that grant funding for the newly self-employed suffering hardship and SMEs in distress will be made available.

In response to the increase in Universal Credit claims, the Scottish Government, in partnership with the Citizens Advice network, launches a new campaign to raise awareness of the financial support available to people during the pandemic.

Clear Your Head campaign launched to provide advice and support to help people cope during COVID-19.

Social distancing regulations introduced in March are confirmed and extended to protect workers.

COVID-19: A Framework for Decision-Making‘ is published by the Scottish Government. The document sets out the position during lockdown and outlines the factors that must be considered as the country moves gradually to ease restrictions.

23 April 2020
24 April 2020

Scottish Parliament holds its first meeting of the newly formed COVID-19 Committee. The Committee is established as a temporary committee for the duration of the emergency legislation which has been enacted to respond to the pandemic.

A national media campaign is launched to encourage people to seek medical help for urgent health issues which are not related to coronavirus (COVID-19).

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman urges survivors of childhood abuse to continue seeking help from organisations which are still open and working through the pandemic.

First Minister praises manufacturers and businesses which have stepped in to support frontline services by diversifying production lines, increasing capacity and exploring new distribution routes during the pandemic.

Scottish Government announces that Local Hubs will distribute PPE supplies to the whole of the social care sector where normal supply routes have not been successful. These hubs will extend their provision to include all social care providers, and unpaid or family carers and personal assistants.

27 April 2020
28 April 2020

Scottish Government produce guidance on the personal use of face coverings during the pandemic.

The Scottish Government announces funding to support new infrastructure programme for pop-up walking and cycling routes or temporary improvements to existing routes to better enable social distancing.

Scottish Government announce that the
‘Rapid Research in COVID-19 funding’ that funds research projects to increase the understanding of COVID-19, screen potential treatments and support clinical trials will benefit from almost £5 million of funding.

Health Secretary Jeane Freeman confirms that all families of frontline NHS staff who die as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) will receive financial support.

The Scottish Government is to convene regular meetings of the Strategic Leadership Group on Oil and Gas and Energy Transition to identify actions to support the sector and its workforce during the pandemic.

29 April 2020

The Scottish Government publishes updated guidance on Domestic Abuse to support the Health Protection (Coronavirus)(Restrictions) (Scotland) Regulations 2020.
The Scottish Government announces that more than £250 million of funding to close the poverty-related attainment gap and aid learning during the pandemic has been allocated to schools
The Scottish Government announces a further expansion of testing as it was confirmed that the target to reach capacity for 3,500 tests a day across NHS labs has been exceeded

01 May 2020

Scottish Government launches the Caring Communities campaign aimed at people helping those in their communities affected by COVID-19.

04 May 2020
05 May 2020

The National Records of Scotland records the first weekly reduction of registered deaths (for the week ending 3 May)
since the first COVID-19 death was registered in the week beginning 16 March

Scottish Government proposes that as part of the next emergency coronavirus legislation, an additional £19.2 million investment in Carer’s Allowance Supplement will enable a special one-off Coronavirus Carer’s Allowance Supplement in June.
The Scottish Government announces a one-off £75 million increase in funding for Scotland’s universities to ensure they can protect their world-leading research programmes against the financial impact of COVID-19. 

06 May 2020
07 May 2020

The Scottish Government announces a new £5 million programme called ‘Connecting Scotland’ which will offer internet connection, training and support, and a laptop or tablet to vulnerable people who are not already online during the pandemic.
The Scottish Government announces a £100 million emergency loan fund will open on 18 May for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) housebuilders. The loan is aimed at housebuilders with liquidity issues due to the temporary closure of the housebuilding sector.

Scottish Government announces it is doubling its Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund from £45 million to £90 million. The Fund provides grants to SMEs which have been made vulnerable by this crisis. (The funds which make up the £145 million support package are: £34 million Newly Self-Employed Hardship Fund; £20 million Creative, Tourism & Hospitality Enterprises Hardship Fund; £90 million Pivotal Enterprise Resilience Fund).

08 May 2020
09 May 2020

Scottish Government announces more Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be manufactured in Scotland following the establishment of a new NHS Scotland supply chain.

Scottish Government announces that families on lower incomes and older people are to get more support with extra funding for lifeline services to cope with the pandemic.

10 May 2020
11 May 2020

Scottish Government announces the advice on how often people can venture outdoors has changed. As of 11 May, people can go outside more than once a day to exercise. This activity should continue to be undertaken close to home. Those going out to exercise should either go alone or with members of their household.

The UK government has set out its plan to return life to as near normal and has published new rules for staying safe outside your home. These new rules will take effect on Wednesday 13 May 2020. The UK Government stipulates that this guidance applies in England and that people in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland should follow the specific rules in those parts of the UK.

A second Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill is introduced to the Scottish Parliament. It includes emergency measures to protect people facing financial hardship and allow public services to operate effectively in response to the pandemic.

National Wellbeing Hub is launched.  The Hub is a new partnership between national, local and professional bodies looking after the emotional and psychological wellbeing of Scotland’s health and social services workers.

Scottish Government confirms an initial £50 million to help the social care sector deal with the financial implications of the pandemic.

Scottish Government announces that properties occupied by charities can now apply for the £10,000 Small Business Grant Scheme to help with pressures caused by the pandemic. The Small Business Grant Scheme is administered by local authorities. Organisations can apply for the scheme through their local council.

UK Government publishes ‘Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s COVID-19 recovery strategy’: a roadmap for how and when the UK will adjust its response to the COVID-19 crisis.

UK Government announces that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (‘furlough scheme’) will remain open until the end of October 2020.

12 May 2020
13 May 2020

Scottish Government announces that it is working with the National Records of Scotland to produce guidance on how to apply for an emergency marriage or civil partnership during the pandemic.

Scottish Government announces that a quarter of a million packages containing essential supplies have been delivered to people across Scotland facing the highest clinical risks from COVID-19. The free boxes, which include vital food and toiletries, are dropped off weekly to the homes of people who are shielding.

14 May 2020
16 May 2020

Scottish Government announces that shellfish growers and trout producers will receive a share of £800,000 of funding to help make improvements to their businesses to mitigate the impact of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This investment for small aquaculture businesses is in addition to hardship payments of up to £27,000 which were launched as a direct response to COVID-19 in April.

Scottish Government announces £61,771 has been awarded under the Scottish Government’s Immediate Priorities Fund and will be distributed by the Encompass Network to nine organisations across Scotland who provide specialist support services to women engaged in prostitution.

17 May 2020
18 May 2020

UK Government announces an update to Coronavirus symptoms. In a statement from the UK Chief Medical Officers, from 18 May, all individuals should self-isolate if they develop a new continuous cough or fever or anosmia. Anosmia is the loss or a change in your normal sense of smell. It can also affect your sense of taste as the two are closely linked.

Scottish Government announces that testing for coronavirus (COVID-19) is to be opened out to everyone who is symptomatic over the age of five

UK Government announces that everyone in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland with coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms is now eligible to book a test, ahead of the rollout of the test and trace service

Scottish Government publishes Coronavirus (Covid 19) – enhanced professional clinical and care oversight of care homes. This Guidance includes new arrangements to significantly strengthen oversight of Scotland’s care homes.

Scottish Government announces that Councils will get more support to deal with increased levels of domestic abuse and gender-based violence during the pandemic. New guidance has been developed in partnership with COSLA.

UK Government announces that a new online service will be launched on 26 May for small and medium-sized employers to recover Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) payments they have made to their employees, the government announced.

19 May 2020
20 May 2020

Scottish Parliament has unanimously supported new emergency measures in the Coronavirus (Scotland) (No.2) Bill. The Bill makes changes that will help public services continue to operate during the coronavirus pandemic. It also includes changes to support businesses and individuals.

Scottish Government announces its Business Support Fund has been increased by £40 million to provide additional support for key sectors of the Scottish economy.

Scottish Government announces £5 million of additional investment to support tenants under financial pressure during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Scottish Government publishes a COVID-19 Routemap to take Scotland through and out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Scottish Government announces that pupils will return to schools in August subject to scientific.

21 May 2020
22 May 2020

Scottish Government announces that community projects are to be given £8 million to help combat isolation. The £8 million is part of the £50 million Wellbeing Fund that supports organisations across the third sector who are helping people through the pandemic.

Finance Secretary Kate Forbes urges the UK Government to provide certainty when announcing funding for Scotland to tackle the COVID-19 crisis.

23 May 2020
24 May 2020

Scottish Government announces that extra financial support will be given to social care workers in Scotland during the Coronavirus emergency.

Scottish Government publishes information and guidance on Test and Protect as well as specific guidelines for employers.

26 May 2020
27 May 2020

Scottish Government announces preparations for colleges and universities to have a phased campus return in the new academic year.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announces the move to Phase 1 of the route map out of lockdown, beginning on Friday 29 May.

Scottish Government publish updated guidance on physical distancing rules for Phase 1 of the Government’s route map.

28 May 2020
29 May 2020

Scottish Government announces funding of £159,000 is being given to Living Classrooms to expand their Virtual Nature School programme. The Virtual Nature School (VNS) is a non-profit programme created by Living Classrooms in response to the needs of children and families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Scottish Government announces that data used by NHS Scotland contact tracers will be safely and securely gathered as part of the coronavirus (COVID-19)
Test and Protect approach.

Scottish Government publishes ‘Re-mobilise, Recover, Re-design, The Framework for NHS Scotland’ which sets out how Health Boards will follow national and local clinical advice to safely and gradually prioritise the resumption of some paused services.

Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell calls on the UK Government to provide support for people classed as having No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) – including many who have lived and worked across the UK for many years.  It follows remarks from the Prime Minister this week that he would investigate the issue of how many people were affected
by this immigration rule.

31 May 2020
01 June 2020

Scottish Government announces inshore fishers who usually target shellfish will now be able to diversify into new markets and access fishing opportunities worth up to £2 million. The applies to fishing vessels that are not members of a producer organisation and is not restricted by vessel length.

Scottish Government publish guidance for fully outdoor childcare providers, to support a safe reopening of full outdoor regulated day care of children services, and
guidance for childminder services, which are able to return to operation from 3 June 2020 should they wish to. They must limit the number of households for whom they provide childcare to a maximum of 4, in addition to children of their own household, at any one time.

Scottish Government announce an additional one-off Carer’s Allowance Supplement payment of at least £460.20, to be paid from Friday 26 June.

Scottish Government publish updated guidance on restrictions in place for funeral services and wider public health guidance relevant for funeral services.

02 June 2020
03 June 2020

Home Secretary Priti Patel announces the health measures being introduced at the UK border in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, in an oral statement to the House of Commons.

05 June 2020

Scottish Government publish guidance to help local authorities, early learning centres and schools continue to support children and young people’s learning during the coronavirus outbreak.

Scottish Government publish guidance to support teachers and other professional practitioners in preparing their curriculum offer for and during the Recovery Phase.

Scottish Government publish new guidance for teachers and councils to prepare for the ‘blended model’ of both classroom and home learning when schools re-open in August.

Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop highlights the scale of the economic challenge or recovery from COVID-19 crisis.

Scottish Government announce the launch of Carers Week launched with additional support. £300,000 from the £350 million communities funding to support people and communities affected by COVID-19, is being given to support young carers across Scotland.

Scottish Government announce new public health measures will come into force on 8 June to help suppress coronavirus (COVID-19) and prevent new cases being brought into Scotland.

Communities Secretary Aileen Campbell urges the UK Government to provide urgent clarity on charity funding.

07 June 2020
10 June 2020

Scottish Government announce an expert advisory board on social renewal.

Scottish Government publish initial Test and Protect data.

Scottish Government announce the creation of the Scottish Recovery Tourism Taskforce to assist in the reopening of the tourism sector, with a provisional date of 15 July set for when tourism businesses may be able to resume operations.

UK Government publish statistics on the uptake of the Coronavirus Job Retention and Self-Employed Income Support schemes. As of 31 May there have been 628,000 jobs furloughed in Scotland, while 146,000 self-employed individuals in Scotland have claimed under the SEISS.

Scottish Government announce the early access of £11.4m of discretionary funds to support higher education students in financial difficulty, and the suspension of all debt recovery actions by SAAS in respect to grants and bursaries until September 2020.

11 June 2020
12 June 2020

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and the Welsh First Minster Mark Drakeford have written to the Prime Minister to request an extended Brexit transition period to complete negotiations and support businesses through recovery from the pandemic.

Scottish Government announce a £62 million Energy Transition Fund to help the energy sector recover from the dual economic impacts of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the oil and gas price crash.

Scottish Government has agreed a funding package for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, the charity that underpins the world-famous Fringe Festival, to mitigate the significant losses incurred as a result of this year’s festival not going ahead as planned due to coronavirus (COVID-19) 
UK Government Scottish Secretary Alister Jack visits a mobile testing unit in Moffat. to see how UK-wide testing is being expanded, with support from our Armed Forces.

UK Government announce a new working group to measure for coronavirus prevalence in waste water as part of an advance warning system to detect new outbreaks of coronavirus. This UK work is being coordinated by Defra, the Environment Agency and the JBC, working closely with water companies and the Universities of Bangor, Edinburgh, Bath and Newcastle.

Higher Education Minister Richard Lochhead tells UK Government that unless the UK Government provides immediate financial support, the potential loss of access to EU funding programmes could result in long-term damage to Scottish university research.

13 June 2020
14 June 2020

Housing Minister Kevin Stewart has written to the UK Government calling for urgent action to support housing tenants affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Scottish Government announce that nurseries and other early learning and childcare (ELC) providers have received new guidance to help them plan for reopening when it is safe to do so.
Health Secretary Jeane Freeman says an Independent Review into the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow has found that while it now offers a high quality healthcare setting, the initial design didn’t adequately take into account the needs of some vulnerable patients.

UK Government announce reservists returning to civilian work eligible for government support schemes.

15 June 2020
16 June 2020

Scottish Government announce children eligible for free school meals will be among those who continue to be supported over the summer through a package of £27.6 million of additional funding.

Scottish Government announce a £230 million Return to Work package has been unveiled to help stimulate Scotland’s economy following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
UK Government announce clinical researchers will begin human trials of a new coronavirus vaccine developed by researchers at Imperial College London. Beginning this week, the study will be the first time the vaccine has been trialled in humans and will test whether it is well-tolerated and produces an effective immune response against COVID-19.

UK Government authorise the NHS to use dexamethasone, the world’s first coronavirus treatment proven to reduce the risk of death.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency instructs UK clinical trialists using hydroxychloroquine to treat or prevent coronavirus to suspend recruitment of further participants.

Scottish Government publish the first estimate of Gross Domestic Product for 2020 Quarter 1 (January to March), capturing the first direct effects of the coronavirus pandemic, and the government measures taken to reduce transmission of the virus

17 June 2020
18 June 2020

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announces the move to Phase 2 of the Route Map out of lockdown, with a staged introduction of changes commencing on 19 June.

Scottish Government publish data on the uptake of business support grants. As of 16 June, Local Authorities reported over 93,000 applications have been received for the Small Business and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Business grant schemes, with over 77,000 grants awarded totalling £875m.

Scottish Government publish a list of all measures undertaken by them to support the food and drink supply chain during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Scottish Government publish new guidance for the tourism and hospitality sector, in light of the move to Phase 2 of the Route Map. Additional guidance for retail, tourism and hospitality customers is also published, providing good practice guidance for consumers when visiting shops.

Scottish Government publish a report on the impact of COVID-19 restrictions on people experiencing domestic abuse, and other forms of violence against women and girls. The report looks at a number of factors, including referral rates to support organisations, access to support, criminal justice processes and the experience of women and children living with domestic abuse.

Scottish Government publish guidance for the safe use of places of worship, alongside guidance for funerals taking place in places of worship, in advance of 22 June when places of worship will be allowed to reopen for individual prayer or contemplation.

Scottish Government publish updated guidance and an operational checklist for the manufacturing sector, including procedures for planning and maintaining safety at work.

Scottish Government announce that from Wednesday 1 July, NHS Golden Jubilee plans to resume elective ophthalmology, orthopaedics, cardiac surgery and cardiology based on clinical priority

19 June 2020
20 June 2020

Scottish Government publish guidance to support Scotland’s tourism and hospitality sector to reopen safely and prepare for reopening on 15 July (if sufficient progress is made to move to phase 3 of the route-map).

Scottish Government announce that households in Scotland will be sent information explaining how the Test and Protect system works and setting out what to do if someone develops coronavirus (COVID-19) symptoms.

21 June 2020
22 June 2020

Scottish Government announce that dental practices can resume seeing see NHS patients in need of urgent care from 22 June (22 June 2020).
Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop welcomes the 25 recommendations in the report of the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery. The group, led by Benny Higgins, was tasked with recommending solutions to ensure transition towards a greener, net-zero and wellbeing economy, and to advise on measures to address different challenges the economy will face as Scotland recovers from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney updates Parliament on plans to reopen schools in August.

The Chief Medical Officer Dr Gregor Smith has written to all NHS boards outlining that as there is currently insufficient clinical evidence showing the degree of protection antibodies give, or the duration of any protection, the only clinically safe option is to assume no meaningful immunity from a positive result until evidence shows otherwise.

Scottish Government announce that routine testing of health and social care staff is to be extended as more services resume

Scottish Parliament approves £257.6 million of additional funding for councils to help tackle COVID-19

23 June 2020
24 June 2020

Scottish Government publish an updated route map with indicative dates for Phase 2 and early Phase 3 measures

Scottish Government publish an assessment of the health and social impacts of COVID-19 on particular groups

Scottish Government publish guidance for social care workers and employers about the Social Care Staff Support Fund, that aims to ensure social care workers do not experience financial hardship if they are ill or self-isolating due to coronavirus.

Scottish Government publish guidance for care homes on phasing in the re-introduction of visiting.

Scottish Government publish a guidance framework to support gypsy/traveller communities; to help local authorities and their partners in decision-making in their local response to COVID-19 in relation to Gypsy/Travellers .

25 June 2020
26 June 2020

Scottish Government publish guidance for the safe use of community food growing spaces, such as community gardens and allotments.

Scottish Government publish updated guidance for second homes.

Scottish Government announce that under the move to phase two of the Scottish Government’s route map out of lockdown street-access high street shops and retail can now re-open once guidance is implemented.
Scottish Government establish a new advisory group which meets for the first time on Monday 29 June. The Mobilisation Recovery Group, led by Health Secretary Jeane Freeman, will work to balance the safe resumption of some health care services that were paused during the initial response to the coronavirus (COVID-19).
Scottish Government announce some NHS national cervical screenings in Scotland
which were paused in March because of coronavirus (COVID-19) are set to resume.

Scottish Government publish Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK fiscal path – a new approach. The report calls for a UK-wide £80 billion stimulus package to regenerate the economy and reduce inequalities following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Scottish Government publish guidance to help Scotland’s colleges and universities prepare for a safe and phased return to campus.

29 June 2020
30 June 2020

Scottish Government publish guidance for hospitals on safely phasing in the reintroduction of visitors.

Scottish Government publish guidance for the creative industries, in particular for providers and users of creative studios, to facilitate safer working during the coronavirus pandemic.

Scottish Government publish correspondence for building owners and operators to raise awareness of the application of building regulations, where adaptation of buildings in response to COVID-19 includes construction work or change in the use of a building.

01 July 2020
02 July 2020

Scottish Government publish an update and confirmation dates for the remainder of Phase 2. On 3 July the 5-mile travel distance is relaxed, while self-catering accommodation and second homes (without shared facilities) are permitted to reopen. Outdoor hospitality (such as beer gardens) is permitted from 6 July, subject to physical distancing rules and public health advice.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announces face coverings to be made mandatory in shops from 10 July.

Scottish Government announce changes to shielding guidance for children and young people. This follows on from a review by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health which states that the majority of children with conditions including asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, and kidney disease do not need to continue to shield and can, for example, return to school as it reopens. No child or young people will be removed from the shielding list until a discussion has been held with their clinical team.

Scottish Government publish guidance for campsites, holiday parks, caravan sites, motorhome hire businesses and their users

06 July 2020

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announces a package of financial support in his Summer Statement, including a six-month VAT cut to 5% for food, accommodation and attractions, a Job Retention Bonus to help firms keep furloughed workers, plus an ‘Eat to help out’ discount scheme for patrons at participating venues.

Scottish Government announce the lifting of quarantine measures for passengers arriving from 57 overseas destinations and the 14 UK overseas territories. A further review of the quarantine restrictions is due to be conducted on 20 July.

Scottish Government announce changes for people who are shielding. From 10 July those shielding will no longer need to physically distance from people they live with, and can meet in groups of up to eight people outdoors from two other households in a single day, provided that strict hand hygiene and physical distancing is followed.

08 July 2020
09 July 2020

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announces the move to Phase 3 of the Scottish Government’s route map out of lockdown. This includes changes to indoor and outdoor household gatherings from 10 July, the reopening of shops in shopping centres and dentists from 13 July, and the reopening of hairdressers, pubs, restaurants, holiday accommodation, visitor attractions, cinemas and places of worship from 15 July, with some restrictions.