26 June: Covid-19 Update

National Updates 


On 24 June the First Minister announced further expected changes to lockdown restrictions.

If the Covid-19 continues to be suppressed from:  

  • 3 July – Travel distance limit for leisure will be lifted
  • 3 July – Self-catering holiday accommodation will be permitted, providing it requires no shared facilities between households
  • 6 July – Outdoor hospitality can commence subject to the Scientific Advisory Group review
  • 10 July – People can meet in extended groups outdoors, with physical distancing
  • 10 July – Households can meet indoors with up to a maximum of two households, with physical distancing
  • 13 July – Organised outdoor contact sport can resume for children and young people, subject to guidance
  • 13 July – All dental practices begin to see registered patients for non-aerosol routine care, and work will begin to return aerosol generating procedures to practice safely
  • 13 July – Increasing capacity within community optometry practices for emergency and essential eye care
  • 13 July – Non-essential shops inside shopping centres can reopen, subject to the Scientific Advisory Group review
  • 15 July – All childcare providers can open subject to individual provider arrangements
  • 15 July – All holiday accommodation will be permitted
  • 15 July – Indoor hospitality can reopen, subject to the Scientific Advisory Group review
  • 15 July – Hairdressers and barbers can reopen with enhanced hygiene measures
  • 15 July – Museums, galleries, cinemas, monuments, libraries will reopen with physical distancing and other measures, such as ticketing in advance

You can read more here.

The next formal reviews of coronavirus regulations will be on 9th and 30th July when the First Minister will make further statements.


On 23 June, the Deputy First Minister and Education Secretary announced that the Scottish Government’s assumption is now for children and young people to be back at school full time in August.

The change comes after frustration about some local authority plans that would have seen pupils in school for one day a week.

You can read more here.

Business Support

There are still businesses that have not applied for the Coronavirus Business Support Grant. The closing date for the fund is 10 July 2020.

Contact the Shetland Business Gateway team to find out if you are eligible for support. Phone 01595 707 491 Email: [email protected]


Local Updates

Spend at da Street

Living Lerwick has launched a ‘Spend at da Street’ campaign’ to celebrate the re-opening of shops on 29 June. The campaign runs until the end of August.

Customers who spend £20 in one transaction in any of the participating shops will receive a stamp on their new loyalty card. Once the card is full (10 stamps) they are entered into a draw to win £200 worth of vouchers to spend in the town.

You can read more here.


Frequently Asked Questions


We have received representations from constituents who are anxious to see family and friends. This week in Holyrood Beatrice raised frustrations that islanders haven’t had the same opportunity as people on the Mainland have to visit family and friends.

Beatrice has called on the Scottish Government to make sure that coronavirus guidance and policy announcements are properly island proofed to reflect the reality of island life.


Local Advice and Support

Shetland Coronavirus Hub

The Shetland Coronavirus Hub is available to support anyone who is vulnerable as the result of the pandemic. The Hub can arrange a wide range of support, including emergency food parcels, shopping by volunteers, information about local food shops and delivery, and access to foodbanks if required. 

Anyone who is in need of support should contact Shetland Coronavirus Hub on 0800 030 8780 or email [email protected]

Shetland Citizen’s Advice Bureau

Local CAB advisers are continuing to provide advice and support to folk across the isles by phone and by email.

If you need advice, call the bureau on 01595 694696 or email [email protected] and an adviser will get back to you as soon as possible.

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