Health and social care - everyone matters pulse survey: national report 2020

Independent report by Webropol providing detailed information and analysis of staff experience in health and social care during the initial COVID-19 period.

Appendix 8: COVID-19 timeline

COVID-19 was noted by the World Health Organisation in December 2019 and was declared a pandemic on 11th March 2020. The first positive case was confirmed in Scotland 1st March 2020 and on 24th March a 'lockdown' was instigated including schools, social gatherings, hospitality, entertainment, and non-essential retail. 

The table below highlights the main events and announcements that took place just before and during the Everyone Matters Pulse Survey fieldwork period (September 2020). Further details can be found at


Changes to shielding – from 1 August 2020 people who have been advised to shield will no longer be required to do so
Date (2020) 23rd July 

Schools will re-open full-time from 11 August
Date (2020)30th July 

Social care sector will receive up to £50 million further additional funding to help meet additional costs related to COVID-19.
Date (2020)3rd August 

Introduction of local restrictions in Aberdeen
Date (2020)5th August 

Scotland is to remain in Phase 3 of the route map, as COVID-19 remains a significant threat to public health.
Date (2020)20th August 

NHS Scotland has agreed a £6.76 million deal to purchase new machines capable of turning around coronavirus (COVID-19) tests in 12 minutes.
Date (2020)26th August

Police Scotland will be granted powers to break up large house parties from Friday 28 August.
Date (2020)27th August

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. Plans to opening of colleges and universities remain in place.
Date (2020)1st September 

2020-21 Programme for Government, with a focus on ensuring Scotland's economic, health, and social recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Date (2020)1st September 

Resumption of health and well-being visits to care homes from 07 September.
Date (2020)3rd September 

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.
Date (2020)10th September 

Updated route map, limiting indoor and outdoor gatherings to six people form two households, as Scotland remains in Phase 3
Date (2020)10th September 

Extension of local restrictions to North and South Lanarkshire, limiting household gatherings from midnight on Friday 11 September
Date (2020)10th September 

£2m Islands Green Recovery Programme, to support island communities in their economic recovery from the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Date (2020)13th September 

Joint statement recommending that the UK COVID-19 alert level move from level 3 to level 4.
Date (2020)21st September 

New restrictions on household visits and a national curfew for pubs, bars and restaurants.
Date (2020)22nd September 



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