Scotland Covid-19 Timeline

This is a timeline about events in the Covid-19 pandemic which may have impacted people who are vulnerable to, or already experiencing, a forced marriage in the UK. It includes key restrictions on relevant activity, such as holding weddings or on households mixing, and traveling (within, and outside, the four nations of the UK). We also recorded other restrictions, such as school-closures and “stay at home” orders, which may have made it harder for those at risk to access help and support, or for those with safeguarding responsibilities to spot signs of risk. For context, we have also included some other information, for instance about case rates. Thus, this is not a comprehensive list of all relevant, Covid-related events or restrictions. It does not include everything we found which might be relevant for forced marriage risk, just what seemed most important for inclusion on a useable and informative timeline. This said, we hope it gives a sense of the potential impact of Covid-19 on people already experiencing, or at risk of, a forced marriage. It may also be useful to other researchers and people interested in the Covid-19 pandemic in the UK, as the restrictions and events recorded impacted the whole community. ;xNLx;;xNLx;Authors:;xNLx;;xNLx;Dr Naomi Lott;xNLx;Fiona Collins-Taylor;xNLx;Hannah Coggins;xNLx;Dr Rumana Hashem;xNLx;Dr Helen McCabe

2020-02-26 13:04:49

Nike conference outbreak in Scotland

Outbreak associated with a Nike conference in Edinburgh. 8 residents of Scotland were among the 25 reported cases.

2020-03-01 00:00:00

First case in Scotland

First official confirmation of a case in Scotland.

2020-03-01 00:00:00

SGoRR hold meeting on COVID-19

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon chairs a meeting of the Scottish Governmnet Resilience Committee (SGoRR) on COVID-19.

2020-03-04 00:00:00

Scotland cases

Scotland cases surpass 10, with total at 13.

2020-03-12 00:00:00

First Scotland covid death

Scotland records its first death.

2020-03-12 00:00:00

Scotland cases surpass 100

Scotland cases surpass 100, with total at 131.

2020-03-16 00:00:00

Scotland to minimise social contact

The First Minister of Scotland requests all people to minimise social contact (avoid public areas/transport/work from home when possible etc.).

2020-03-18 00:00:00

Nationwide school closure

Welsh Minister for Education, Scotland’s First Minister, and UK Prime Minister all announce schools will close at the end of Friday 20 March. Northern Ireland’s First and Deputy First Ministers announce schools in the country will close that very day to pupils, and from 23 March to staff. Nurseries; primary and secondary schools; and Further Education colleges all close for in-person teaching or care, except for the children of key workers and child considered vulnerable. Guidance from the Department for Education states that “vulnerable children and young people” include those who are assessed as being “in need” under section 17 of the Children Act 1989 including those with a child protection plan. “Children who do not fall into these groups should remain at home with appropriate care”.

2020-03-20 00:00:00

Scotland death surpass 10

Scotland deaths reach over 10, totalling 14.

2020-03-20 00:00:00

Schools close

Schools close. Scottish government asks restaurants, cafes, pubs, gyms and cinemas to close, and reiterates advice to social distance and for over 70s to shield.

2020-03-23 00:00:00

Scotland goes into lockdown

Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland also went into ‘lockdown’.

2020-03-25 00:00:00

Scotland cases surpass 1000

Scotland reaches over 1000 cases, with total at 1082.

2020-03-27 00:00:00


'Lockdown' regulations entered into force.

2020-03-29 14:01:38

Scotland death toll exceeds 100

Deaths in Scotland exceed 100, totalling 119.

2020-03-31 00:00:00

Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline

31 March 2020: Scottish First Minister highlights availability of Scotland’s Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage Helpline in her coronavirus statement.

2020-04-10 21:43:31

First Minister advices no travel

First Minister of Scotland emphasises that people musn't travel (including for holidays or to second homes).

2020-04-17 00:00:00

Scotland death toll surpass 1000

Deaths in Scotland exceed 1000, with total at 1005.

2020-04-22 00:00:00

Scotland cases over 10,000

Scotland reaches over 10,000 cases, with total at 10,174.

2020-04-23 20:57:56

Scotland government on lockdown easing

Scotland government sets out their ‘framework for decision making’ on lockdown easing.

2020-04-27 09:33:35

Face coverings in public spaces

Scottish government recommends the use of face coverings in shops and on public transport

2020-05-05 09:29:36

First Minister on future restrictions

Scotland First Minister announces potential future changes to lockdown restrictions.

2020-05-10 00:00:00

Scotland lifts the ‘once-a-day’ exercise limit

Scotland lifts the ‘once-a-day’ exercise limit, allowing those that are not required to shield/isolate to exercise outdoors more than once a day (this did not include outdoor leisure activities or meeting with other households).

2020-05-21 22:59:09

Scottish Government publishes its routemap

Scottish Government publishes its routemap for the covid-19 crisis, and announces a plan to ease lockdown from 28 May.

2020-05-28 00:00:00

Scottish First Minister announced ‘phase 1’

Scottish First Minister announced ‘phase 1’ of Scotland’s lockdown easing plan will come into effect the next day.

2020-05-29 20:42:48

Scotland outdoor work restrictions

In Scotland, outdoor work that had halted (e.g. construction industry) resumed, garden centres and drive-through food outlets permitted to reopen (other non-essential shops and pubs/restaurants etc remain closed, other than takeaways). Teachers and other staff permitted to enter schools (from 1st June) to prepare for re-opening schools on 11 August for blended learning (Scotland). Some respite care, children’s hearings and key health programmes restart (and ‘people at risk will have more contact with social work and support services’). Non-contact outdoor leisure and recreation activities permitted to restart (e.g. golf, tennis, social distanced picnics etc.). Up to two households (8 people max) permitted to meet outdoors, including private gardens, but close to home.

2020-06-03 00:00:00

Childminding and nursery provision reopen (Scotland)

Childminding and nursery provision reopen (Scotland).

2020-06-07 00:00:00

Scotland implements 14-day self-isolation

Scotland implements a 14 day period of self-isolation for all people arriving in Scotland from outside the Common Travel Area.

2020-06-19 00:00:00

Household rules

In Scotland, up to 3 households can meet together outdoors (max 8 people). Those who have been shielding can now go outdoors to exercise, can partake in non-contact outdoor leisure (e.g. golf) and can meet with one other household (up to 8 people) outdoors. ‘Extended households’ permitted for adults that live alone or only with children.

2020-06-22 00:00:00

Restriction updates

In Scotland, face coverings are mandatory on public transport, places of worship permitted to reopen for individual prayer, professional sport permitted to resume.

2020-06-29 00:00:00

More restriction updates

In Scotland, factories, warehouses, labs and research facilities reopen. Street-access retail and outdoor markets reopen. Outdoor sports, zoos, garden attractions and playgrounds reopen. Marriages permitted (with ‘minimal attendees’ and outdoors only).

2020-07-10 00:00:00

No deaths recorded in 24 hours.

No deaths recorded in 24 hours.

2020-07-10 00:00:00

Scotland updates household rules

In Scotland, a household can meet up to 4 other households at a time outdoors (max 15 people), and 2 other households at a time indoors (max 8 people) including overnight stays.

2020-07-13 00:00:00

Restriction updates

In Scotland, non-essential shops reopen and organised outdoor contact sports, play and physical activity resume for children (under 18rs), face-to-face youth work resumes.

2020-07-15 00:00:00

Scotland places of worship reopen

In Scotland, places of worship reopen for congregational services/communal prayer with physical distancing and limited numbers. Indoor hospitality permitted to reopen. Limits on attendance at funerals, marriage ceremonies etc eased (limited still) and ‘associated receptions are subject to restrictions on hospitality and household meetings’).

2020-07-22 00:00:00

Scotland universities/colleges permitted to reopen

In Scotland, universities and colleges permitted to reopen with blended learning.

2020-07-31 00:00:00

Avoid non-essential travel

Scottish government issue 'strong' advice to scottish residents to avoid non-essential travel to North of England.

2020-08-01 00:00:00

Shielding to be paused

Individuals who were required to shield no longer have to.

2020-08-03 00:00:00

Eat out to Help Out

UK Gov Eat Out to Help Out launches

2020-08-05 00:00:00

Aberdeen restrictions

Aberdeen restrictions; residents not allowed to travel more than 5 miles from home for leisure and and recreation; Advice not to go into each other houses; all indoor and outside hospitality closed

2020-08-11 00:00:00

Phased returning for school students

Schools open in Scotland with a phased approach, for example on the 12th students in secondary school years 1 to 3; then on 14th year 1, and years 4 to 6 return.

2020-08-15 00:00:00

Scottish government remove certain countries from exempt quarantine list

Scottish government announce France, the Netherlands, Aruba and Caicos, Malta and Monaco to be removed from list of destinations exempt from quarantine.

2020-08-18 00:00:00

Students return in Scotland

All school students return in Scotland.

2020-08-20 00:00:00

Highest case rate

Highest number of cases in 3 months; Scotland to remain phase 3.

2020-08-20 00:00:00

Foreign travel health rules extended

Scottish Government announce that travellers from Austria, Croatia, Switzerland and Trinidad, and Tobao will have to quarantine for 14 days after arrival into Scotland

2020-08-28 00:00:00

Police Scotland granted powers to break up large house parties.

Police granted powers to break up large house parties; restrictions on social gatherings will come into force making it an offence to breach guidance on a large house party indoors.

2020-09-01 00:00:00

Restrictions introduced across West of Scotland

East Renfrewshire, Glasgow and West Dubartonshire local restrictions on indoor gatherings and visits to hospitals and care homes

2020-09-03 00:00:00

Quarantine measures introduced for travellers from Greece

Travellers from Greece required to self-isolate.

2020-09-05 00:00:00

Further quarantine measures introduced for travellers

Arrivals from Portugal and France Polynesia required to self-isolate.

2020-09-07 00:00:00

Update on restrictions in West of Scotland

Restrictions on people meeting indoors extended to Renfrewshire and East Dubartonshire- should not meet indoors with other households in private settings.

2020-09-11 00:00:00

Localised restrictions extended to Lanarkshire

Extension to local restrictions to North and South Lanarkshire; people not allowed to meet indoors in private settings.

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