Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Scotland has moved to 5 Level system of restrictions, with different rules applying in different local authority areas.

Level 0 is the lowest level, where restrictions are minimal, while live 4 is the highest with restrictions close to the stringent lockdown we saw in Spring.

All local authorities in the Highlands and Islands, with the exception Argyll and Bute, are set to be placed into Level 1 restrictions.

Argyll and Bute will be in Level 2.

It’s important to note that the level for your area will be reviewed on a regular basis and could change.

To find out exactly what restrictions apply in your area and what that means click here.

If you are in a Level 0-2 area it is vitally important that you do not visit a level 3-4 area for anything but the most essential purposes.

If you or someone in your household falls ill

If you have symptoms you, and anyone in your household, should stay at home and arrange to be tested for COVID-19. Further information on this can be found at NHS Inform.

In an emergency you should still phone 999 and tell them you have COVID-19 symptoms.

Support available to you

Ready Scotland has links to a wide range of organisations who may be able to help you. Among others this link includes advice for Older people, pregnant women, people facing problems with housing related to COVID-19 and people with mental health conditions who may be struggling during isolation. This is being updated on a rolling basis.

If you are on a low income and in need of immediate financial assistance you can apply to the Scottish Welfare Fund for a crisis grant. You do not need to be on benefits to receive a crisis grant, simply a low income. Those on benefits currently can apply to the fund.

Citizen’s Advice Scotland operate a helpline where trained advisers can help you with COVID-19 related issues such as employment, debt, home energy and more. You can call them on 0800 028 1456.

The Scottish Government also has a specialist helpline for people at high risk from COVID-19 but are unable to rely on support from family or friends for things like food shopping or medicine delivery. It can be reached on 0800 111 4000.

Highlands & Islands

Tourism is a vital part of the economy of the Highlands and Islands and following the reopening of the tourism industry we saw large numbers of visitors coming to the Highlands and Islands. It is important to remember that many local communities will be still be feeling anxious about visitors coming from outwith the area. Please be respectful of local communities and environments, treat them as you would want visitors to treat your local area. And remember please do not travel to the Highlands from a Level 3 or 4 area.

Each of the local authorities in the Highlands and Islands are working incredibly hard and are at the front line of responding to the crisis. However, many council services will be severely disrupted throughout this period. Further information is available from their Coronavirus webpages listed below: