Timeline of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Scotland

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Note: This blog is updated every Friday morning

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.

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

If you are looking for a list of the key milestones in the first year of the pandemic, we have produced a blog to summarise key dates.

If you would like to see the most recent entry, please go straight to the end of the timeline.

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 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.

02 July 2020
03 July 2020

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak announces a package of financial support in his Summer Statement.

Scottish Government announce the lifting of quarantine measures for passengers arriving from 57 overseas destinations and the 14 UK overseas territories. .

Scottish Government announce changes for people who are shielding.

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.

Scottish Government announce new initiatives to support homebuyers and help people into work or to re-train.

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) .

UK Government announce 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 .

10 July 2020
11 July 2020

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).

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).

12 July 2020
13 July 2020

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.

Scottish Government announce places of worship will be able to re-open from 15 July.

14 July 2020
15 July 2020

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, 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.

19 July 2020
20 July 2020

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 the creation of the £4 million Museums Resilience and Recovery Fund.

Scottish Government announce the reintroduction of quarantine restrictions for Spain from 26 July, requiring those arriving from the country to quarantine for 14 days.

25 July 2020
30 July 2020

Scottish Government announce an expansion of available dental services 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 .

31 July 2020
02 August 2020

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.

03 August 2020
05 August 2020

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.

11 August 2020
13 August 2020

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.

14 August 2020
16 August 2020

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.

17 August 2020
19 August 2020

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.

20 August 2020
21 August 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.
Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop updates Parliament on the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on completion of the two ferries at the Ferguson shipyard.

25 August 2020
26 August 2020

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 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.

27 August 2020
28 August 2020

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.

29 August 2020
01 September 2020

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.

03 September 2020
04 September 2020

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 restrictions on meetings in indoor household settings in West Scotland are to be extended to people living in Renfrewshire and East Dunbartonshire. Indoor visits to hospitals and care homes will be limited to essential visits.

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 from 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.

10 September 2020
11 September 2020

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.

13 September 2020
16 September 2020

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.

24 September 2020

Scottish Government publish the Autumn Budget Revision for 2020-21, outlining further funding allocations. COVID-19 spending reaches £6.5bn.

UK Government publish the Winter Economy Plan, outlining additional government support to businesses and workers across the UK. The package includes a new Jobs Support Scheme, extending the Self Employment Income Support Scheme and 15% VAT cut for the hospitality and tourism sectors, and help for businesses in repaying government-backed loans.

25 September 2020
27 September 2020

Scottish Government publish guidance for those living in student accommodation, following the restrictions announced on 25 September. The guidance outlines what students can and cannot do and what they need to think about if they are considering a return home on a permanent basis.

Scottish Government publish the State of the Economy report, summarising recent developments in the global, UK and Scottish economies and providing an analysis of the performance of, and outlook for, the Scottish economy. The report notes that the Scottish economy has recovered half the fall in GDP which followed the imposed lockdown in March, while unemployment is expected to increase to 8.2% by the end of 2020.

29 September 2020
30 September 2020

Universities Scotland announce a package of ten measures designed to support student wellbeing.

Scottish Government announce a new grant to support people on low incomes if they are asked to self-isolate. The Self-Isolation Support Grant aims to help those who would lose income if they needed to self-isolate, such as those unable to carry out their work from home.

Scottish Government announce the extension of quarantine rules for travellers from Poland, Turkey, and the Caribbean islands of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba. Travellers arriving from the Azores and Madeira will no longer need to quarantine.

01 October 2020
02 October 2020

Scottish Government announce a nationwide survey for education staff in schools or early learning centres to help identify the proportion of people working in an education setting who have had COVID-19. Staff wishing to participate will receive an invite to register and a selection of registered eligible staff will be sent a home testing kit to take a small sample of blood for antibody testing each month until summer 2021.

Scottish Government publish the Coronavirus (COVID-19): mental health needs of hospitalised patients – report. Dr Nadine Cossette was commissioned to examine mental health needs of patients hospitalised due to COVID-19. Her report contains analysis of need and recommendations for action to support recovery.

Scottish Government publish updated guidance for parent and baby groups, increasing the number of adults allowed to attend. When all children in a group are less than 12 months old, and other health and safety criteria are met, groups will now allow up to ten adults to be present at one time. Where children are over 12 months, the maximum number of adults allowed will remain five.

05 October 2020
06 October 2020

The Construction Leadership Forum publish a plan for the sector’s recovery from the impact of coronavirus.

Finance Ministers from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland issue a joint call for greater fiscal flexibility to manage the implications of coronavirus (COVID-19), involvement in the Spending Review and an assurance that lost EU funding will be replaced in full and brought under the control of devolved administrations.

Scottish Government announce plans for Higher and Advanced Higher exams to go ahead in 2021, while National 5 exams will be replaced by a system where grades are awarded based on coursework and teacher judgement.

Scottish Government announce new temporary measures, restricting hospitality opening times to 6am-6pm indoors, with no sales of alcohol. All licensed premises in the central belt area will be required to close, with the exception of takeaway services. Outdoor live events, adult contact sports and indoor group exercise classes (18+) are to be paused. Snooker/pool halls, indoor bowling, casinos and bingo halls are to close. Shops across Scotland are asked to return to two metres physical distancing. The new restrictions will be backed by a £40 million support fund for business and the existing UK Job Retention Scheme and will be in place nationwide for 16 days.

07 October 2020
08 October 2020

Scottish Government launch the National Transition Training Fund. The Fund, which aims to boost the supply of skills in areas such as sustainable green jobs, is open to anyone aged 25 or over who is unemployed, economically inactive or at risk of unemployment due to the impact of Covid-19.

Scottish Government and COSLA agree additional spending powers and funding for councils to address the financial pressures caused by the coronavirus pandemic over the next two years.

Scottish Government publish the Mental Health – Transition and Recovery plan, outlining the Government’s response to the mental health impacts of COVID-19.

Scottish Government announce the creation of the COVID-19 Restrictions Fund, which will provide one-off grants of up to £3,000, depending on rateable value, to bars, restaurants and other businesses required to close by regulations. A hardship fund with grants of up to £1,500 will support some businesses that remain open but are directly impacted by the restrictions.

09 October 2020
12 October 2020

UK Government announce the Job Support Scheme (JSS) will be expanded to support businesses that required to close their premises due to coronavirus restrictions. The UK government will support eligible businesses by paying two thirds of each employees’ salary (or 67%), up to a maximum of £2,100 a month. The scheme will begin on 1 November and will be available for six months.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announces the wearing of face coverings is to become mandatory in workplace canteens from Friday 16 October, and in communal workplace areas, such as corridors and social spaces from Monday 19 October.

Scottish Government announce the extension of quarantine rules for travellers from Italy, San Marino and Vatican City State. Travellers arriving from mainland Greece and the Greek islands, except Mykonos, will no longer need to quarantine.

15 October 2020
18 October 2020

Scottish Government launch the ‘Scotland Loves Local’ grant for local projects. The funding aims to support small scale improvements that will help motivate people to shop, eat and relax within their community whilst ensuring public health safety.

Scottish Government announce further funding for councils to provide free school meals through the winter breaks and additional flexibility to use £20 million, previously held in reserve for the Scottish Welfare Fund, to support people in their communities.

20 October 2020
21 October 2020

Scottish Government announce the extension of temporary restrictions until 2 November and additional funding for businesses. The COVID-19 Restrictions Fund will now provide one-off grants of up to £4,310 to businesses required to close by regulations. For businesses that may remain open but are directly impacted by the restrictions, the maximum hardship fund grant will increase to £2,155.

Scottish Government announce a £2 million support package for residential outdoor education centres.

Scottish Government announce quarantine measures for travellers from Liechtenstein. Canary Islands, Denmark, the Maldives and Mykonos are added to exempt list.

UK Government announce increased financial support through the Job Support and self-employed schemes.

22 October 2020
23 October 2020

Scottish Government publish the five-level Strategic Framework, which indicates different levels of protection that might be needed based on different levels of transmission for the virus. The levels are due to come into force on 2 November.

Scottish Tourism Recovery Taskforce publish its recommendations for supporting the tourism sector’s recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

28 October 2020
29 October 2020

Scottish Government announce the new local authority protection measures in force from 6am on Monday 2 November.

Scottish Government launch face covering exemption cards for people who are unable to wear coverings due to health conditions, disabilities or other special circumstances.

Scottish Government announce changes to the way people access A&E will be tested in NHS Ayrshire and Arran, ahead of a national redesign of urgent care, planned for launch across Scotland in December.

Scottish Government announce the extension of quarantine rules for travellers from Cyprus and Lithuania, who must quarantine on arrival in Scotland for 14 days from 4am on Sunday 1 November.

Scottish Government publish updated schools guidance, increasing the use of face coverings for parents and visitors, adults where they cannot keep two metres from other adults and/or children, and S4-6 pupils in Level 3 and 4 areas.

30 October 2020
01 November 2020

Scottish Government announce additional funding for the Scottish Ambulance Service to help improve capacity and resilience over winter.

Scottish Government announce a £15 million funding package to respond to children and young people’s mental health issues, with a focus on those brought about by the pandemic.

02 November 2020
03 November 2020

Scottish Government publish the Care Home Review (A rapid review of factors relevant to the management of COVID-19 in the care home environment in Scotland).

Scottish Government publish the Adult Social Care Winter Preparedness Plan, backed by £112 million investment to support the sector over winter.

Scottish Government launch the Young Person’s Guarantee, which aims to give young people in Scotland the chance to succeed despite the economic impacts of coronavirus.

Scottish Government announce the extension of quarantine rules for travellers from Germany and Sweden.

UK Government announce the extension of furlough to March and increased self-employed support.

05 November 2020
07 November 2020

Scottish Government introduce travel controls on travellers who have been in Denmark in the past 14 days, in addition to a Home Office ban on entry for people arriving from Denmark.

Pfizer and BioNTech publish positive efficacy results from Phase 3 studies of their potential Covid-19 vaccine, showing it to be more than 90% effective in preventing coronavirus in participants.

09 November 2020
10 November 2020

Scottish Government announce plans for a COVID-19 student testing scheme, which aims to support the safe return of up to 80,000 students ahead of the winter break.

11 November 2020

Scottish Government announce the second phase of the Flexible Workforce Development Fund will open to applications on 16 November 2020. The fund helps businesses invest in their workforce and is available for all of Scotland’s employers who are subject to the UK Government’s Apprenticeship Levy.

13 November 2020
16 November 2020

UK Government announce the opening of 2 new ‘megalabs’ which will become operational in early 2021. The 2 labs, one based in Leamington Spa with a second lab located in Scotland, will each add 300,000 to the UK’s daily testing capacity when operating at full capacity.

Scottish Government announce further funding for six organisations supporting people subject to No Recourse to Public Funds.

Scottish Government announce £1 million funding for digital devices to keep care home residents connected.

Scottish Government announce updated COVID-19 protection levels and travel regulations preventing people who live in a Level 3 or Level 4 area from travelling outside their local authority except for an essential purpose.

Scottish Government publish the Scottish General Election (Coronavirus) Bill. The bill allows arrangements to be put in place for the Scottish general election in response to Covid-19.

Biotech company Moderna publishes positive efficacy results from its Phase 3 studies of its potential COVID-19 vaccine.

17 November 2020
19 November 2020

Scottish Government outlines plans for the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines.

23 November 2020
24 November 2020
25 November 2020
26 November 2020

Scottish Government announce the removal of the travel ban on visitors from Denmark. Arrivals from Denmark, Estonia and Latvia will need to complete a self-isolation period of 14 days.

Scottish Government announce £2 million funding for UNICEF to help address the impact of the pandemic on children in Malawi, Zambia and Rwanda.

27 November 2020
30 November 2020

Scottish Government announce £11.8 million additional funding to help businesses take advantage of digital technologies.

Scottish Government announce the extension of the £500 Self-Isolation Support Grant to include parents on low incomes whose children are asked to self-isolate and people who may be eligible for Universal Credit, but have not yet applied.
Scottish Government announce the Winter Plan for Social Protection and a £100m support package for communities.
Scottish Government announce a one-off £500 payment for health and social care staff.

Scottish Government announce two new initiatives to increase apprenticeships. The £15 million Apprenticeship Employer Grant will provide funding for employers taking or upskilling an apprentice. Pathways Apprenticeships will offer 26 weeks of training with a £100 weekly allowance.

1 December 2020
2 December 2020

Scottish Government announce changes to the way patients access emergency hospital treatment. Anyone with a non-life threatening condition who would usually go to A&E should now call NHS 24 on 111 first, day or night, to be directed to the right NHS service.
Scottish Government announce a six week temporary halt to evictions from rented properties.

3 December 2020
6 December 2020

Scottish Government announce lateral flow testing of designated visitors will be trialled in 14 care homes in North Ayrshire, Fife, Argyll and Bute, Inverclyde, and Aberdeenshire.

Scottish Government announce the first vaccinations against coronavirus (COVID-19) have been given in Scotland to those who will be carrying out the vaccination programme.

Scottish Government announce Higher and Advanced Higher exams will not go ahead and will be replaced with awards based on teacher judgement of evidence of pupils’ attainment.

8 December 2020
14 December 2020
15 December 2020

Scottish Government announce that on Friday 18 December at 6pm, East Lothian, Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire will move up to Level 3 of the COVID-19 protection scale.

Scottish Government announce the opening of the first of three regional laboratory hubs set up to increase Scotland’s testing capacity.

Scottish Government publish statistics showing that the Scottish Economy grew by 16.0% during the third quarter of 2020, covering the period July to September.

16 December 2020
17 December 2020

Scottish Government updates the travel quarantine list, with those travelling from Namibia, Uruguay and the US Virgin Islands now required to quarantine from 4am on Saturday, 19 December.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announces the tightening of COVID-19 restrictions around the festive period. The easing of restrictions around Christmas will now be limited to Christmas Day itself, and not the previous 5-day window that was planned. From Boxing Day, all of Scotland will have Level 4 restrictions applied, including the closure of non-essential retail and hospitality. Other than for specific exemptions, travel between Scotland and the rest of the UK will not be legal from midnight on Sunday 20 December.

19 December 2020
23 December 2020

Scottish Government announce Dr Gregor Smith has been appointed Chief Medical Officer. Professor Amanda Croft has been appointed Chief Nursing Officer and Caroline Lamb has been appointed Chief Executive of NHS Scotland.

Scottish Government announce community testing in areas with high coronavirus prevalence will begin in January 2021.

Scottish Government announce a ban on entry for visitors from South Africa.

27 December 2020
30 December 2020

Scottish Government urge the public to stay home during Hogmanay to suppress COVID-19.

The UK Chief Medical Officers issue a statement on the prioritisation of first doses of the coronavirus vaccines.

Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) approves the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine for use in the UK.

Scottish Government announce mainland Scotland is to go into lockdown from 5 January 2021 with a new legal requirement forbidding anyone from leaving their home except for essential purposes.

The UK Chief Medical Officers issue a joint statement recommending that the UK COVID-19 alert level move from level 4 to level 5.

Scottish Government announce the roll-out of the Astrazeneca vaccine .

4 January 2021
5 January 2021

Scottish Government announce coronavirus testing will be available from two fire stations in Thurso and Lochgilphead between 6 and 29 January, as part of a trial to increase testing access in remote and rural areas.

Scottish Government announce the temporary ban on eviction orders will be extended until the end of March.

Scottish Government announce people arriving in Scotland from Botswana, Israel (and Jerusalem), Mauritius or Seychelles will need to self-isolate from 4am on Saturday, 9 January.

UK Government announce NHS patients across the UK will receive new potentially life-saving COVID-19 treatments that could cut hospital time by 10 days. Results from the government-funded REMAP-CAP clinical trial showed tocilizumab and sarilumab reduced the relative risk of death by 24%, when administered to patients within 24 hours of entering intensive care.

7 January 2021

Scottish Government announce the rollout of the Oxford/Astrazeneca coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine in GP practices and community vaccination centres from Monday 11 January.

10 January 2021
11 January 2021

Scottish Courts & Tribunals Service announce changes to criminal court practices to reduce transmission of coronavirus, which will reduce the overall number of criminal trials taking place during lockdown by up to 75%.

Scottish Government announce that from 0400 on Monday 18 January 2021, passengers travelling to Scotland from outside the Common Travel Area must have a valid negative COVID-19 test result, taken no more than three days before travel.

12 January 2021
13 January 2021

Scottish Government announce the strengthening of lockdown restrictions from 00:01 on Saturday 16 January. Non-essential click and collect retail services will be prohibited in Level 4 areas, with changes in five other key areas including restrictions on the consumption of alcohol in public places.

Following identification of a new variant of coronavirus in Brazil, the Scottish Government announce additional restrictions imposed on all arrivals from South America, Portugal, Panama, Cabo Verde and the Falkland Islands.

14 January 2021
15 January 2021

Scottish Government announce the suspension of all travel corridors.

16 January 2021
18 January 2021
19 January 2021

Scottish Government announce five independent hospitals will support NHS Scotland with elective care.

Scottish Government updates the taxi grant criteria to include taxi drivers in receipt of state benefits.

Scottish Government announce current lockdown measures will stay in place across mainland Scotland and some island communities until at least the middle of February. Barra and Vatersay will move into lockdown from 00:01 on Wednesday (20 January) following a sharp increase in infection rates.

19 January 2021
20 January 2020

Scottish Government launch the vaccination information campaign ‘Roll your sleeves up’.

Scottish Government announce £1 million funding for childminders.

Scottish Government publish “If not now, when?” – Social Renewal Advisory Board report.

21 January 2021
28 January 2021
29 January 2021
2 February 2021

Scottish Government announce supervised quarantine and expansion of testing. Current restrictions, including the ‘stay-at-home’ requirement, are set to remain in place until at least the end of February and schools will continue to be closed to most children for the rest of the month. Children in early learning and childcare and in primaries 1-3 are scheduled to make a full return to nurseries and schools from 22 February.

Scottish Government extends the criteria for the Self-Isolation Support Grant.

Scottish Government announce £7.75 million funding for the seafood sector.

3 February 2021
5 February 2021

UK Government announce mandatory hotel quarantine will be introduced from 15 February for anyone travelling to the UK from a country on the UK’s travel ban list.

Scottish Government announce all arrivals to Scotland from outside the Common Travel Area must book and pay for managed isolation in quarantine hotels from 15 February 2021. All arrivals must quarantine for at least ten days and will be tested twice for the virus – once on day two and once on day eight after arrival. 

9 February 2021
10 February 2021

Scottish Government announce the number of first dose vaccinations in Scotland reaches the 1 million milestone.

UK Government announce a further 353 Armed Forces personnel will be deployed to locations across Scotland to support the testing and vaccine delivery programmes.

11 February 2021
16 February 2021

Scottish Government announce children in early learning and childcare (ELC) and primaries 1 to 3 will return full-time to classrooms from Monday 22 February.

Scottish Government announce the non-domestic rates relief will be extended for the 2021-22 period.

Scottish Government announce an expansion of testing to include anyone who is identified as a close contact of somebody who has tested positive for COVID-19, from 18 February.

17 February 2021
20 February 2021

Scottish Government announce routine indoor visiting of care home residents will resume from early March with care providers supporting residents to have up to two designated visitors each and one visit a week for each visitor.

23 February 2021

Scottish Government publish the updated Strategic Framework, setting out the broad order of priority for re-opening and the conditions that need to be met to start lifting restrictions.

Scottish Government announce the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership’s Regional Food Fund has reopened for applications.

Scottish Government launch the £15 million Scottish Community Lenders Fund to support affordable lending services.

24 February 2021
25 February 2021

Scottish Government announce Scotland’s vaccination programme has delivered first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to a third (33.4%) of those eligible – more than 1.5 million people.

The UK Chief Medical Officers issue a joint statement recommending that the UK COVID-19 alert level move from level 5 to level 4.

Scottish Government launch the Workforce Specialist Service, which offers confidential mental health assessment and treatment to health and social care professionals.

Scottish Government announce access to testing is now available from 21 fire stations across Highland and Argyll & Bute.

Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) issues interim advice on Phase 2 of COVID-19 vaccination programme rollout. Evidence suggests an age-based approach remains the most effective way of reducing death and hospitalisation from COVID-19.

26 February 2021

Scottish Government announce Phase 2 of schools return. All remaining primary school children are set to return to school full-time from 15 March, with all secondary pupils returning on a part-time basis from that date.

2 March 2021
9 March 2021

Scottish Government announce vaccinations for those aged between 55 and 59 years old (group 8 on the priority list) will start in the week beginning 15 March.

Scottish Government announce changes to level 4 restrictions. From Friday 12 March up to four adults from two households can meet locally outdoors for social and recreational purposes as well as exercise. Outdoor non-contact sports and group exercise will also resume for adults in groups of up to 15 people.

Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) advises prioritising homeless people and rough sleepers for the COVID-19 vaccine.

11 March 2021
15 March 2021

Scottish Government launch the coronavirus vaccine self-registration service for unpaid carers.

Scottish Government publish a timetable for easing restrictions. Stay at Home regulations are to be lifted on 2 April and replaced with guidance to Stay Local, with more services including hairdressers, garden centres and non-essential click and collect services able to open from 5 April.

16 March 2021
17 March 2021

Scottish Government announce Scotland’s vaccination programme has delivered first doses of the coronavirus vaccine to more than two million people – 44% of the adult population.
Scottish Government publish an updated testing strategy, including a £13 million investment in 2021/22 to establish Scotland’s own genomic sequencing service to track new COVID-19 variants and manage future outbreaks.

Scottish Government announce a £2 million City Centres Recovery Fund and a £2 million Regional Recovery Fund.

Scottish Government announce the closure of NHS Louisa Jordan. The hospital, which was set up to support Scotland’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is to close on 31 March, with the mass vaccination centre relocating to The SSE Hydro.

UK regulator confirms that people should continue to receive the COVID-19 vaccine AstraZeneca. Following suspensions by some countries of the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca over suspected blood clots, the MHRA confirms that the benefits of the vaccine in preventing COVID-19 far outweigh the risks.

18 March 2021
19 March 2021

Scottish Government announce £2.75 million for Round Two of the Better Places Green Recovery Fund to support activities in areas suffering the most countryside related visitor pressures during the 2021 season.

Scottish Government announce places of worship in Level 4 areas can reopen from Friday 26 March.

23 March 2021
30 March 2021

Scottish Government announce Non-essential journeys within the local authority area are allowed from Friday 2 April when a requirement to Stay Local will replace the Stay at Home rule. Hairdressers, garden centres, car showrooms and forecourts, homeware stores and non-essential click and collect services can open from Monday 5 April.

Scottish Government announce Nearly all pupils will return to full-time school after the Easter holidays, with children on the shielding list advised to stay at home until 26 April.

06 April 2021
08 April 2021

JCVI publish New advice regarding the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine following reports of extremely rare blood clots. Adults aged under 30 with no underlying conditions should be offered an alternative to the AstraZeneca vaccine where available.

Scottish Government announce Travel within Scotland for outdoor socialising, recreation and exercise, and outdoor meetings in groups of up to six adults from up to six households will be allowed from Friday 16 April.

13 April 2021
16 April 2021

JCVI publish New advice on COVID-19 vaccination for pregnant women. Pregnant women should be offered the COVID-19 vaccine at the same time as the rest of the population, based on their age and clinical risk group.

Scottish Government announce all parts of the country will move to Level 3 from Monday 26 April. Hospitality venues such as cafés, pubs and restaurants can reopen, along with tourist accommodation.

20 April 2021
25 April 2020

Scottish Government announce Free lateral flow test kits to be available for anyone without symptoms from Monday 26 April.

The World Health Organization classifies the COVID19 B.1.617 mutation, first found in India, as a variant of concern.

Scottish Government announce most of mainland Scotland (with the exception of Moray) will move to level 2 from Monday 17 May, with eased restrictions on hospitality, entertainment, education and sport. Most islands to move to level 1. The number of people and households that can meet inside homes in Level 2 has been increased to six people from three households. From 17 May, anyone entering Scotland from countries on a new international travel ‘Green List’ will not be required to quarantine on arrival, but will have to take a PCR test for COVID-19.

Scottish Government announce Glasgow and Moray will remain in Level 3 from Monday 17 May due to a high rate of COVID-19 cases. Travel to and from these areas will be prohibited other than for permitted purposes.

14 May 2020
15 May 2021
19 May 2021

Scottish Government launches the COVID-19 vaccination status scheme. The service will provide confirmation of vaccination when required for foreign travel.

Scottish Government announce Moray moves to Level 2 from midnight, 21 May. Glasgow is to remain at Level 3.

21 May 2021
22 May 2021

Scottish Government donate 100 oxygen concentrators and 40 continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) ventilators to the Indian Government to support its fight against COVID-19.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announces the priorities for the Scottish Government in the first 100 days, including completing the vaccination of all adults (subject to supply); establishing a cross-party steering group on COVID recovery; and publishing an NHS Recovery plan.

26 May 2021
28 May 2021

Scottish Government announce £3 million Destination and Sector Marketing Fund for tourism organisations to promote key visitor destinations in a responsible and sustainable way.
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) approves the one-dose Janssen Covid-19 vaccine for use in the UK.

Scottish Government announce Glasgow will move to Level 2 on Saturday 5 June 2021, while 15 mainland local authorities will move to Level 1. All islands currently in Level 1 will move to Level 0 at the same time due to sustained low numbers of cases.
World Health Organisation renames UK and other variants with Greek letters.

1 June 2021
2 June 2021

Scottish Government announce £12 million of funding for businesses in Level 2 areas – including those in the hospitality, events, weddings and soft play sectors, additional funding for taxi drivers and operators and  £25 million to support the culture sector.

Scottish Government announce Education Scotland and the SQA will be reformed as part of Scotland’s education recovery plans.
Scottish Government announce £1 million funding to support legal aid trainees.
Scottish Government announce Portugal will be placed on the amber travel list.

3 June 2021
4 June 2021

Scottish Government announce £1 million support fund for Armed Forces charities.
Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) approves the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for use in 12- to 15-year-olds.

Scottish Government announce Professor Julie Fitzpatrick OBE is appointed as the Scottish Government’s next Chief Scientific Adviser (CSA).

International health ministers from the G7 have committed to a new international agreement making it easier and quicker to share results from vaccine and therapeutic trials to tackle COVID-19 and prevent future health threats.

Scottish Government announce rapid test kits to be rolled out to community pharmacies from 9 June.

9 June 2021
11 June 2021

Scottish Government announce the expansion of the national vaccination programme to include international students.

Scottish Government announce £20 million of additional funding for students impacted by COVID-19.

Scottish Government bring forward second vaccine doses for over-40s to help combat Delta variant.

13 June 2021

Scottish Government announce new restrictions on travel between Scotland and Manchester and Salford, coming into effect at midnight on 21 June. Restrictions that were in place on Bedford and the Republic of Ireland have been removed.

18 June 2021
22 June 2021

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announces a new indicative date for the whole of Scotland to move to level 0 on 19 July, provided all necessary vaccination and harm reduction measures are met. A further indicative date of 9 August for the lifting of all major COVID-19 restrictions (subject to confirmation).

The Scottish Parliament’s COVID-19 Recovery Committee meets for the first time. Siobhian Brown MSP is elected convener and Murdo Fraser MSP is elected deputy convener.

23 June 2021
24 June 2021

The Coronavirus (Extension and Expiry) (Scotland) Bill is passed by the Scottish Parliament at Stage 3, with 90 votes in favour and 30 votes against. The Parliament agreed for the Bill to be treated as an Emergency Bill, with Stages 1-3 running on consecutive days from 22 June to 24 June. SPICe has published an extended blog providing an overview the Bill and it’s impact.

UK Government announce findings from a study in England, which show over a third of people who had coronavirus (COVID-19) reported symptoms lasting at least 12 weeks. The findings suggest the prevalence of ‘long COVID’ increases with age.

Scottish Government announce the opening of a self-registration portal for all over 18s.
Scottish Government announce £8 million funding package for health and social care workforce wellbeing.

27 June 2021
29 June 201

Scottish Government announce Manchester, Salford and Bolton travel restrictions will be lifted on 30 June.
Scottish Government announce £1 million funding to support the return of live events at the Edinburgh International Festival and Edinburgh Fringe.

JCVI issues interim advice on COVID-19 booster vaccination – any potential COVID-19 booster programme should be offered in 2 stages from September, starting with those most at risk from serious disease.
Scottish Government announce social care Personal Assistants will receive £500 payment.

30 June 2021
2 July 2021

Scottish Government announce all mainland health boards will offer drop-in coronavirus vaccination clinics from Monday 5 July.

Scottish Government announce £380 million additional funding to help Health Boards with pandemic costs.

Scottish Government announce Test and Protect will prioritise high risk cases. SMS text messages will now be used more extensively for low risk index cases, with direct telephone calls continuing to be used for the most high risk cases.

3 July 2021
7 July 2021

Scottish Government announce the lifting of Blackburn travel restrictions.

Scottish Government announce the deployment of additional staff to bolster Test and Protect.

9 July 2021
13 July 2021

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announces all of Scotland will move to protection level 0 on Monday 19 July. Physical distancing in will reduce to 1 metre in all indoor public settings and outdoors, and informal social gatherings of up to 15 people from 15 households will be permitted outdoors without physical distancing. Mandatory face coverings will remain in place. 

Scottish Government announce fully vaccinated travellers returning to Scotland from France will still be required to self-isolate from Monday 19 July.

17 July 2021
18 July 2021

Scottish Government announce the vaccination programme will complete first doses for all over 18s who have attended their scheduled appointments at close of play on Sunday 18 July. Second doses continue to be scheduled and it is expected all adults will have received them by Sunday 12 September.

JCVI issues advice on COVID-19 vaccination of children and young people – children at increased risk of serious COVID-19 disease should be offered the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. That includes children aged 12 to 15 with severe neurodisabilities, Down’s syndrome, immunosuppression and multiple or severe learning disabilities.

19 July 2021
23 July 2021

Scottish Government announce changes to self-isolation rules for close contacts of COVID-19 cases – essential staff in critical roles will be allowed to return to work to maintain lifeline services and critical national infrastructure.

Scottish Government announce additional £5 million for frontline services for women and girls affected by gender-based violence.

25 July 2021
28 July 2021

Scottish Government announce fully vaccinated people from the EU and US will be able to travel to Scotland without quarantining from Monday 2 August.

Scottish Government announce £70 million investment in the Young Person’s Guarantee scheme.

Scottish Government announce £11.5 million funding to help reduce waiting times as part of NHS remobilisation efforts.

Scottish Government announce nine projects supporting carers and disabled people will share £1 million to tackle loneliness and isolation as a result of the pandemic.

29 July 2021