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.
From the week commencing 10 August this blog will be updated once-a-week on Friday mornings.
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.
Governments of the UK publish a coronavirus action plan which sets out a collective approach to the outbreak.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Scottish Government produces guidance for Chief Officers, professional leaders in children’s services and child protection committees.
Scottish Government publishes information for homelessness organisations.
Scottish Government produces guidance setting out the childcare and learning provision for key workers and vulnerable children.
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.
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.
Scottish Government announces that more than 12,000 returning health and social care workers and students have come forward to support the NHS in its response to the outbreak.
Scottish Government announces a £5m package of emergency financial support to university and college students.
Social care staff to receive a 3.3.% pay increase, backdated to 1 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.
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.
Construction work concludes at the NHS Louisa Jordan hospital at the Scottish Events Campus (SEC) in Glasgow.
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.
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.
Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham praises Scottish scientific institutions for offering support to tackle the pandemic.
Scottish Government announces that more than 22,000 returning health and social care workers and students have come forward to support the NHS in its response to the outbreak.
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.
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.
The Scottish Government announces a new £100 million package of additional grant support for small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) and newly self-employed people.
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
Two specialist organisations to receive additional funding to support 47,000 autistic people across Scotland during the pandemic
Scottish Government announces new measures to assist those affected by drug use during the pandemic
Scottish Government announces key mental health services supporting families, young people and autistic people are to receive more than £1 million additional funding
Scottish Government launches the Caring Communities campaign aimed at people helping those in their communities affected by COVID-19.
Scottish Government announces a £5 million fund which will offer interest-free loans to landlords whose tenants are having difficulty paying rent during the current crisis.
Scottish Government announces the second phase of the Small Business Grant scheme – which extends grant support to all subsequent eligible properties – is now open for applications.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Scottish Government announces that extra financial support will be given to social care workers in Scotland during the Coronavirus emergency.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Scottish Government publish guidance for funeral directors.
Scottish Government publish guidance for burial and cremation authorities.
Scottish Government publish a report on Personal Protective Equipment supplies.
Scottish Government publish templates that can be used by care homes to identify factors that may impact on the health, safety and wellbeing of residents.
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.
Scottish Government announce that eligibility for the Small Business Grant Fund is to be extended to small businesses which share properties but do not pay business rates
Scottish Government publish the first two-monthly report to Scottish Parliament on the use of the emergency powers contained within the Coronavirus Act 2020 and Coronavirus (Scotland) Act 2020
Scottish Government establish a new expert group to assess the impact of the virus on minority ethnic communities
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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 .
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.
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.
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
Scottish Government publish guidance on re-opening school age childcare services
Scottish Government publish guidance for the tourism and hospitality sector
Scottish Government publish adult care homes visiting guidance
Scottish Government publish second homes guidance
Scottish Government publish events sector guidance
Scottish Government announce a targeted £10 million fund to support Scotland’s performing arts venues
Scottish Government publish a report by the Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board sub-group on measures to mitigate the labour market impacts from COVID-19
UK Government announce £1.57 billion investment for cultural, arts and heritage institutions
Scottish Government publish guidance for museums, galleries and heritage attractions
Housing Minister Kevin Stewart publishes an open letter to social housing tenants containing information and advice for those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.
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.
Scottish Government announce new initiatives to support homebuyers and help people into work or to re-train. The measures are part of the Scottish Government’s efforts to help the economy recover from the impact of the pandemic and are expected to involve an investment of around £200m.
Scottish Government announce a comprehensive package of support for innovative early stage businesses whose routes to investment and growth have been impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) .
Scottish Government publish guidance for the safe return of hairdressers and barbers preparing to re-open on 15 July under the Scottish Government’s route map out of lockdown.
UK Government announce that theory tests and motorcycle training will restart in Scotland on Wednesday 22 July, and motorcycle tests and tractor tests will restart on Monday 3 August.
UK Government Competition and Markets Authority (a non-ministerial government department) has published an open letter to all businesses involved in organising package holidays for UK consumers .
Scottish Government announce coastal communities across Scotland will receive £9.7 million of revenue generated by the Scottish Crown Estate’s marine assets to mitigate the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19). The funding comes from the second year of devolved management of Crown Estate assets.
Scottish Government announce that people in hospital who do not have coronavirus (COVID-19) will be able to have a designated visitor from Monday 13 July.
Scottish Government calls for the UK government to suspend their restrictions in order to prevent homelessness and destitution among people who have No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF). More than £875,000 has been provided by the Scottish Government and local authorities during the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that people with no access to financial support are kept safe and secure, which Ministers are seeking compensation for.
Scottish Government publish guidance to help the safe re-opening of small and micro businesses following the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Scottish Government announce the Breast Screening Programme which was paused in March because of coronavirus (COVID-19) is to resume safely and carefully from 3 August.
UK Government announce the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme for Restaurants and other establishments serving food for on-premises consumption. The new government initiative is aimed at protecting jobs in the hospitality industry and encouraging people to safely return to dining out.
Scottish Government announce that following consultation with faith and belief communities, places of worship will be able to re-open for congregational worship and prayer and religious life event ceremonies from 15 July and guidance has been published to help them prepare.
Scottish Government publish updated guidance on how the Government is monitoring and responding to COVID-19. The Surveillance and Response – Position Statement sets out how existing planning arrangements, structures and national health protection guidance is being adapted to address the challenges of the next phases of the public health management of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Scottish Government publish guidance for small marriages and civil partnership registrations, to assist couples following the easing of restrictions in Phase 3 of the Route Map. From 15 July it is possible for marriages and civil partnerships to take place indoors at public venues, including registration offices, hospitality venues and places of worship as well as outdoors. There are limits on numbers attending.
UK Government announce that 736,000 Scottish workers have been furloughed as part of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, an increase of 100,000 since the end of May. 155,000 self-employed people in Scotland have been paid through the Self-Employment Income Support Scheme.
Scottish Government publish guidance on the safe re-opening schools and use of school transport. The scientific advice published indicates that no physical distancing is required between children and young people in primary and secondary schools.
Scottish Government announce the creation of the Transitional Support Fund, with funding of £11.4m available to help childcare providers in the private and third sectors, including out-of-school care providers.
Scottish Government announce a £100m package of support for people looking for work or those at risk of redundancy.
Scottish Government launch the Agriculture Loan Scheme, which aims to maintain cash flow for farmers and crofters during COVID-19
Scottish Government, STUC, SCVO, COSLA, IoD and SCDI publish a revised fair work statement, underlining the collaborative approach needed between employers, unions and workers to ensure workplaces can operate safely during COVID-19.
The University of Oxford publishes its findings from a coronavirus vaccine trial, noting that the vaccine appears safe and triggers an immune response. More than 100,000 people are expected to take part in the next stage of the trial.
Scottish Government announce additional mental health support for health and social care staff.
Scottish Government announce the permitted reopening of drive-in entertainment from 22 July.
Scottish Government announce the lifting of quarantine rules for Spain.
Scottish Government announce an extension of COVID-19 testing to include children under the age of five from 22 July.
Scottish Government announce changes to shielding – from 1 August 2020 people who have been advised to shield will no longer be required to do so. Those affected will receive a letter from the Chief Medical Officer Dr Gregor Smith outlining updated guidance as well as the pause in shielding – guidance will be issued to support people returning to work and to schools, and information will be published on how to do various day-to-day activities safely.
Scottish Government announce the creation of the £4 million Museums Resilience and Recovery Fund, which aims to aid the return of staff from furlough and the wider reopening of museums and galleries. The fund will be administered by Museums Galleries Scotland.
Scottish Government announce the reintroduction of quarantine restrictions for Spain from 26 July, requiring those arriving from the country to quarantine for 14 days.
Scottish Government announce a £10 million funding package to support the recovery of the events sector from COVID-19. Further details of how to apply for funding are expected to be issued in due course. Businesses which have not yet been able to access any of the previous government support mechanisms will be prioritised.
Scottish Government announce a £14 million Hotel Recovery Programme to support Scotland’s larger hotels, with grants of up to £250,000 administered by the Scottish Government’s enterprise agencies. In addition, VisitScotland will administer £1m in grants for self-catering businesses that have not received any other Scottish Government COVID-19 support. Applications will open in early August.
Scottish Government announce an expansion of available dental services, with urgent dental care involving aerosols able to begin in practice for NHS patients from 17 August.
Scottish Government announce thatschools will re-open full-time from 11 August, following scientific evidence and advice that it is safe to do so.
Scottish Government announce that passengers from Luxembourg will be required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Scotland due to an increased number of cases of coronavirus (COVID-19).
Scottish Government announce that people living in Scotland are being advised to avoid travel to areas in North West Englandhttps://www.gov.scot/news/travel-to-north-west-of-england/ facing new lockdown restrictions .
Scottish Government announce a new contact tracing app to support NHS Scotland’s Test and Protect system is now in development .
Scottish Government announce that homeless people and others affected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak are to receive further support through the Scottish Government’s emergency funding for communities.
Scottish Government announce Scotland’s four science centres are being offered an extra £2 million in emergency funding to help weather the effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Scottish Government announce the social care sector will receive up to £50 million further additional funding to help meet additional costs related to coronavirus (COVID-19).
UK Government’s Eat Out to Help Our scheme launches, allowing diners to receive a maximum £10 discount per person at participating restaurants, bars and cafes.
Scottish Government announce the introduction of local restrictions in Aberdeen. Taking effect from 5pm on Wednesday 5 August,
The Scottish Professional Football League announce the postponement of a limited number of Scottish Premiership fixtures and the introduction of a package of measure following a breach of protocols by a player.
Scottish Government announce France, the Netherlands, Aruba, Turks and Caicos, Malta and Monaco to be removed from the list of destinations exempt from quarantine requirements, effective from 4am on Saturday 15 August.
Scottish Government introduce new regulations for the hospitality industry. From Friday 14 August it is mandatory for hospitality settings to collect the contact details of visitors to their premises in support of Test and Protect.
Scottish Government announce a support package of £3.8 million for the National Trust for Scotland to aid the heritage organisation’s recovery from the impacts of COVID-19.
UK Government announce that the second stage of the Self Employment Income Support Scheme is open for applications.
Scottish Government announce £1 million funding for Aberdeen businesses affected by temporary measures.
Scottish Government announce that Scotland is to remain in Phase 3 of the route map, as COVID-19 remains a significant threat to public health. The Government publish an updated route map setting out dates for further changes.
Scottish Government announce that travellers from Austria, Croatia, Switzerland and Trinidad and Tobago will be required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival in Scotland. At the same time Portugal will be added to the list of destinations where travellers will be exempt from the requirement to quarantine.
UK Government announce that driver training will restart in Scotland on Monday 24 August 2020, with driving tests restarting from Monday 14 September 2020.
Scottish Government announce low carbon investment to be fast-tracked to support COVID-19 recovery
Scottish Government publish updated guidance for pupils and staff on the use of face coverings in schools and on school transport.
Scottish Government announce that work has begun to set up the first of eleven walk-through testing sites planned to be up and running before winter.
Finance Secretary Kate Forbes welcomes recommendations for putting start-ups at heart of recovery and developing a world-class technology sector in Scotland. Recognising the sector’s potential for innovation and high growth, a report from entrepreneur Mark Logan outlines ways of creating more jobs, increasing investment in Scottish start-ups and improving computing science education.
Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop updates Parliament on the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on completion of the two ferries at the Ferguson shipyard.
Scottish Government announce that NHS Scotland has agreed a £6.76 million deal to purchase new machines capable of turning around coronavirus (COVID-19) tests in 12 minutes. UK-based life sciences company LumiraDx will supply 300 rapid testing machines as well as a minimum of 500,000 tests.
Scottish Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) publication shows that overall revenues, including North Sea receipts, increased to a record £65.9 billion. Onshore revenues grew by £1.1 billion to reach £65.2 billion. Corporation and VAT receipts fell compared to the previous year and both the Scottish and UK Governments increased spending to tackle the virus.
Scottish Government announce that Police Scotland will be granted powers to break up large house parties from Friday 28 August. Restrictions on social gatherings will come into force making it an offence to breach coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance by having a large house party indoors.
The Competition and Markets Authority publishes further detail on its views on the law in relation to cancellations and refunds during the COVID-19 pandemic.
UK Government announce the investment of £8.4 million in COVID-19 immunology research projects across the UK, including the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and Dundee. The studies aim to improve the treatment of patients and inform the development of vaccines and therapies.
Scottish Government announce £2.4m of new funding to help households with money problems. The funding will be distributed among a number of advice organisations to expand their services and invest in more effective methods to help individuals with problem debt.
Scottish Government announce an additional £1m of funding to recruit and train up to 25 new contact tracers, specifically to support quarantine efforts.
Scottish Government announce restrictions on indoor gatherings and limits to hospital and care home visiting in East Renfrewshire, Glasgow and West Dunbartonshire, from midnight on Tuesday 1 September. Schools and nurseries will remain open, and plans for the opening of colleges and universities remain in place.
Scottish Government announce that travellers from Greece will be required to self-isolate from 4am on Thursday 03 September.
Scottish Government publish the 2020-21 Programme for Government, with a focus on ensuring Scotland’s economic, health, and social recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Scottish Government announce the resumption of health and wellbeing visits to care homes from 07 September. The new guidance recommends that enhanced visiting is only resumed in care homes where there are no active cases, have been free of COVID-19 for 28 days, and are actively participating in the care home worker testing programme.
Scottish Government announce that travellers from Portugal and French Polynesia will be required to self-isolate from 4am on Saturday 05 September.
Scottish Government announce that patients with chronic eye conditions will be now be able to be assessed by community optometrists as part of a new plan supported by £3 million in funding.
Scottish Government announce the launch of the Protect Scotland app.
Scottish Government publish an updated route map, limiting indoor and outdoor gatherings to six people form two households, as Scotland remains in Phase 3
Scottish Government launch the Scottish Zoo and Aquarium Animal Welfare Fund.
Scottish Government announce quarantine measures for people travelling to Scotland from Hungary and La Réunion, while Sweden is added to exemption list.
UK Government announce investment in Covid research at St Andrews University.
Scottish Government publish guidance for universities, colleges and student accommodation providers.
Scottish Government announce the extension of local restrictions to North and South Lanarkshire, limiting household gatherings from midnight on Friday 11 September.
Scottish Government announce a £2m Islands Green Recovery Programme, included in the Programme for Government, which aims to support island communities in their economic recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The funding programme is split into four strands and managed by four partners, delivering investment in low carbon transport, food sustainability and zero waste projects.
Data published by the Chief Statistician shows the Scottish Economy contracted by 19.4% during the second quarter of 2020, covering the period April to June. During the second quarter output in the Construction sector contracted by 41.5%, output in Production contracted by 15.7%, and output in the Services sector contracted by 18.7%.
Scottish Government publish a research report exploring the costs and benefits of extending the UK Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme on a temporary basis. The report estimates that extending the scheme by eight months could save 61,000 jobs in Scotland, at a direct cost of an estimated £850 million.