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Census public health measures

We are committed to delivering Scotland’s Census 2022 in a safe way, in line with all public health guidelines.

After 20 March 2022, we will be visiting some addresses across Scotland who have not yet completed the census to offer support.

From the start of May, we will also be running the Census Coverage Survey, which will involve visits to some addresses. This is a short doorstep survey we run to make sure the census population count is as accurate as possible.

Find out more about the Census Coverage Survey.

Keeping you safe

To make sure these visits are safe, our team will:

  • wear face coverings and sanitise their hands before each visit
  • stand at least 2 metres distance from your door after knocking or ringing
  • take lateral flow tests twice a week or more often if required
  • in some cases, use a posting peg if they need to put anything through your letterbox

When you answer the door to one of our team, they will show you an ID badge to verify their identity. They will also check you are comfortable that they are at a safe distance.

If it helps you, you can ask that they:

  • remove their mask, as long as they are outside and at a safe distance
  • come closer to your door, as long as you step back into your property
  • arrange a phone call with our contact centre

For the Census Coverage Survey, the interviewer will use a show card to help you answer some questions.

The interviewer will hold them up or read them out so that you do not need to handle them.

If you have any concerns about a visit to your address, please get in touch.