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Help us keep Orkney safe - a message to people travelling to and within our islands

Our islands are renowned for their hospitality. We welcome all those travelling and enjoy sharing with you the many aspects of island life that make Orkney such a special place.

Today, we are looking for your help in keeping Orkney special – and safe.

We take great pride in the efforts people in our community have made to minimise the spread of the coronavirus in Orkney.

There have been high levels of compliance in Orkney with the Scottish Government’s guidance on lockdown, social distancing, shielding and self-isolation. The efforts of many have ensured that the total number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 is very small when compared to other areas of Scotland.

Since the lockdown began, travel to Orkney by ferry and plane has been restricted to key workers with an essential need to visit our community. As lockdown measures are eased, visits to Orkney for a short break or longer holiday are possible once again.

Please do all you can to prevent further cases of COVID-19 in our islands. Follow the latest guidance from the Scottish Government and NHS Scotland – and help us to keep you and our community safe. If you are travelling to our smaller isles we would ask that you take particular care as there are limited health services in these communities which could be overwhelmed if there was a serious outbreak.

If you or a family member feel unwell with a new continuous cough OR fever OR loss of / change in sense of smell or taste which started within the last 7 days, you should self-isolate immediately and stay at home for 7 days from the start of your symptoms. If you are unsure or your symptoms worsen please call NHS24 on 111 for advice or guidance or visit Additional guidance is on the back of this letter.

If you have a medical emergency call 999 and tell them you have COVID-19 symptoms.

We hope you have an enjoyable and memorable time during your stay in Orkney.


James Stockan - Council Leader
Meghan McEwen - Chair NHS Orkney


How you can help us to keep everyone safe

There remains a risk of a spike in COVID-19 cases if people do not follow the latest guidance issued by the Scottish Government on good hand hygiene and physical distancing.

If you are travelling to Orkney we would ask that you do not visit if you have or have recently had symptoms of COVID-19 as there are limited health services in our smaller isles communities which could be overwhelmed if there was a serious outbreak.

You can reduce the risk of getting and spreading the infection by:

You can also find out more information by visiting NHS Orkney’s website at

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