Six months on: Key events since Scotland entered lockdown

This Wednesday marks six months since the announcement of the UK lockdown to combat coronavirus.

This Wednesday marks six months since the announcement of the UK lockdown to combat coronavirus.

It comes as the Scottish Government tightened some restrictions amid a rise in Covid-19 cases.

Here, we look at the key dates in Scotland since lockdown began.

  • March 23
    Scotland’s Covid-19 death toll stands at 14, with 499 positive cases.
    People are told they will only be allowed to leave their homes for limited reasons, including shopping for food, exercise once per day, medical need and travelling for work when absolutely necessary.
    First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says coronavirus is “the biggest challenge of our lifetime” and the new measures are essential to “slow down the virus and prevent the NHS from being overwhelmed”.
  • March 31
    Scotland records its highest daily increase in coronavirus cases at 430.
  • April 1
    MSPs vote to pass the Scottish Government’s emergency legislation on coronavirus.
    It allows ministers to make changes to the rental sector, the functioning of public bodies and the justice system, including the possibility of releasing some prisoners.
    Edinburgh’s festivals are cancelled for the first time in more than 70 years.
  • April 5
    Scotland’s chief medical officer Dr Catherine Calderwood resigns after being criticised for not adhering to social distancing advice by visiting her second home.
  • April 8
    The first weekly report from the National Records of Scotland (NRS) shows 354 people have died of confirmed or suspected Covid-19, a higher figure than previously thought.
  • April 16
    The UK Government says lockdown will continue for at least another three weeks. Sturgeon tells the Scottish Parliament she hopes to soon publish a lockdown exit strategy.
  • April 20
    An emergency hospital for coronavirus patients, the NHS Louisa Jordan, opens at the SEC in Glasgow.
  • April 23
    The First Minister warns coronavirus restrictions could be kept in place for the rest of the year or longer.
  • April 28
    The Scottish Government recommends wearing face masks in public in “limited circumstances”.
  • May 7
    Ms Sturgeon says she will not be pressured into lifting lockdown restrictions prematurely, amid reports the Prime Minister is to ease some of the measures.
  • May 11
    The cap limiting exercise to once a day is lifted. The First Minister stresses other restrictions remain in place, despite lockdown easing in England.
  • May 21
    Ms Sturgeon reveals a four-point plan for easing lockdown.
    It allows Scots to meet people from one other household, sunbathe and take part in some non-contact sports from the end of the following week.
    The First Minister also reveals schools will reopen on August 11.
  • May 26
    The Scottish Government unveils its Test and Protect strategy, which allows for contact tracing of those testing positive for Covid-19.
  • May 29
    Scotland enters phase one of lockdown easing.
    People are allowed to meet one other household at a time outdoors in groups of a maximum of eight.
    They can also sit or sunbathe in nearby parks and travel locally for recreation.
  • June 7
    No new coronavirus deaths are reported in Scotland for the first time since lockdown began.
  • June 19
    Scotland enters phase two of lockdown easing.
    The latest changes allow people who live alone or solely with under-18s to meet another household indoors without physical distancing in an “extended household group arrangement”.
    People can also now meet in larger groups outside, while other changes allow greater freedom for those who are shielding.
  • June 22
    Face coverings become compulsory on public transport.
  • June 23
    Education Secretary John Swinney says pupils should prepare to return to school on a full-time basis in August after initial plans for “blended learning” are scrapped.
  • June 24
  • Sturgeon updates the route map out of lockdown in an announcement to the Scottish Parliament.
    She gives dates for the reopening of pubs, hairdressers and cinemas, plus the relaxing of restrictions on meeting other households.
  • July 6
    People queue for more than a hour to get into beer gardens as they reopen across Scotland.
  • July 10
    Scotland enters phase three of lockdown.
    People can meet in extended groups outdoors of up to 15 people from five different households while adhering to social distancing.
    A maximum of eight people from up to three households can meet indoors.
    Wearing face coverings become mandatory in shops.
  • July 13
    Shopping centres reopen.
  • July 15
    Hairdressers, indoor pubs and restaurants restart business, while museums and galleries open their doors once again.
    Places of worship can reopen for communal prayer, congregational services and contemplation.
  • July 30
    Ms Sturgeon says Scotland cannot yet move into the fourth and final phase of easing lockdown restrictions as the virus is still circulating.
  • August 5
    Lockdown restrictions are reimposed in Aberdeen due to a coronavirus cluster.
  • August 11
    Pupils return to school.
  • August 14
    Taking customer contact details becomes mandatory across Scotland for hospitality venues.
  • August 31
    Masks become mandatory in secondary school corridors and communal areas. Gyms and swimming pools reopen.
  • September 1
    Restrictions on visiting other households introduced for people living in Glasgow, West Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire.
  • September 7
    The household restrictions are extended to East Dunbartonshire and Renfrewshire.
    Ms Sturgeon says the Scottish Government may need to “put the brakes” on easing lockdown after a rise in Covid-19 cases.
  • September 10
    Social gatherings across Scotland are restricted to six people from two households.
    Test and Protect app launched.
  • September 11
    Household restrictions are introduced in Lanarkshire.
  • September 22
  • The First Minister announced a tightening of restrictions in Scotland in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus. The main changes include the extension of a ban on household gatherings to cover all of Scotland, as well as pubs and restaurants being told to close at 10pm.
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