COVID-19 Advice

Covid-19 Advice

Helpful links:

Latest Scottish Government guidance can be found here
NHS Shetland website can be found here.
NHS Shetland handy testing guide can be found here.

Local organisations offering support can be found at the bottom of this page.

To protect each other this winter

Get vaccinated and boosted
Vaccination information from NHS Shetland can be found here.

Wear Face Coverings
By law, everyone aged 12 and over must wear a face covering, unless exempt, in most indoor public spaces such as shops, public transport services and premises. Full details can be found here.

Work from home
Work from home where you can or follow necessary mitigations.

Limit social contact
The government are issuing advice to urge households minimise your social mixing with other households. If you do plan on socialising - either at home or in indoor public places - they are asking that you limit the number of households represented in your group to a maximum of 3. And make sure you test before you go. Make sure everyone in your gathering is vaccinated and has done a test in advance. Keep rooms ventilated and follow strict hygiene rules.

Test regularly
If you don’t have symptoms take regular lateral flow tests, especially before mixing with other people this winter. Lateral Flow Tests - LFTs are also called Lateral Flow Device tests- LFDs. More information can be found here. Before travelling to and from Shetland you are requested to take pre-departure LFTs. NorthLink’s Covid-19 advice can be found here. You can order LFTs here or call 119. If you have a positive LFT result you no longer need a confirmatory PCR test and must self-isolate. Guidance on self-isolation and for those you live with or have been in contact with can be found here.

Testing if you have symptoms
Those with Covid-19 symptoms are asked to self-isolate and order a PCR test. You can order this kind of test in Shetland through the referral form herePCR test results often come back within 24 hours. You can find out more about what to do if you have symptoms below. Guidance on self-isolation and for those you live with or have been in contact with can be found here.

Testing & international travel
The country you are travelling to may require you to test before you travel. You may also have to take tests before returning to Scotland and once you have arrived. You can read more about International Travel testing requirements here.

Download Apps to help stop the spread
NHS Scotland is assisted by three apps to help cur Covid-19. Downloading these onto your smartphone can help the work of NHS Test and Protect. You can find out more about the Check in Scotland app here and the  Protect Scotland app here. More information on the COVID status app can be read here.

Measures to reduce transmission in businesses and service providers
Reasonably practicable measures to minimise the risk of transmission will be put in place including physical distancing, measures to control the flow of customers and protective screens.

Advice for travel

Domestic travel
You can travel anywhere in Scotland. You can travel anywhere in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands - before you travel you must check the travel rules in those countries. NorthLink’s Covid-19 travel advice can be found here.

International travel
More information on international travel and testing can be found here.

Mobile Apps

NHS Scotland is assisted by three apps. Downloading these onto your smartphone can help the work of NHS Test and Protect. You can find out more about the Check in Scotland app hereProtect Scotland app here and COVID status here.

Self-isolation

When to self-isolate
Advice for those testing positive, those with symptoms, those identified as close contacts and household contacts can be found here.

Financial support if you are self-isolating
More information about the grant and information on how to apply through Shetland Islands Council can be found on the SIC website here.

What to do if you have symptoms

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:

  • new and continuous cough
  • fever/high temperature (37.8C or greater)
  • loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste (anosmia)

If you’ve developed symptoms you must self-isolate for 10 days from the start of your symptoms and arrange to be tested even if you think your symptoms are mild. Guidance on self-isolation and for those you live with or have been in contact with can be found here.

To book a test in Shetland you need to complete the self-referral form hereIf you can’t access the online form ring 01595 532030 between 09.00 and 12.30 and 14:00 – 17:00 Monday – Friday.

Residents of non-doctor islands should contact their local clinician.

Full information from NHS Shetland is available here.

If you have symptoms that are causing serious concern call NHS 24 on 111 or dial 999 in an emergency.

If you require more information visit www.nhsinform.scot/coronavirus or call the special helpline on 0800 028 2816. If you need a sick note due to coronavirus, you can get this from the NHS Inform website.

 

Employment and Social Security

Statutory Sick Pay
You can get £94.25 per week Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) if you’re too ill to work. It’s paid by your employer for up to 28 weeks. If you are staying at home because of COVID-19 you can now claim SSP. This includes individuals who are caring for people in the same household and therefore have been advised to do a household quarantine. To check your sick pay entitlement, you should talk to your employer, and visit the Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) page for more information.

Proof of sickness
If you have COVID-19 or are advised to stay at home, you can get an ‘isolation note’ by visiting NHS online. Isolation notes will also be accepted by Jobcentre Plus as evidence of your inability to attend.

Self-Isolation Support Grant (SISG)
More information about the grant and information on how to apply through Shetland Islands Council can be found on the SIC website here.

Recently unemployed
If you have recently become unemployed, you can find information on how to claim support here.

Redundancy support
If you’re facing redundancy or are unsure about your rights you can get in touch with the Shetland CAB for advice and support (more information below). There are rules employers have to follow (regardless of how long someone has worked for them). Self-help advice is also available here.

Personal Finance
If you need advice on your personal finances you can contact Shetland Citizen’s Advice Bureau: call 01595 694696 or email [email protected] and a local adviser will get back to you as soon as possible or The Money Advice Servicewww.moneyadviceservice.org.uk, call 0800 138 7777

 

Businesses

Support for self-isolation and businesses affected by loss of trade
The Scottish Government have announced an in initial £100 Million fund to help businesses who have lost trade due to Scottish Government guidance. The UK Government have also suggested money will be forthcoming and we are urging them to go further. A further £100 Million will be assigned to help people forced to self-isolate.

No venue will be legally required to be closed
To assist with this there will be an ongoing requirement for indoor hospitality and similar venues to collect the contact details of customers. Restrictions on outdoor events of more than 5000 and indoor events of more than 2000 apply

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

Details of other forms of business support can be found here.

 

Local organisations offering support

Shetland Islands Council Covid-19 support
Advice and support can be found here.

Shetland Citizen’s Advice Bureau
CAB advisers continue to provide advice and support  across the isles by phone and by email. Call 01595 694696 or email [email protected] and an adviser will get back to you as soon as possible.

Shetland Food Bank
The Shetland Food Bank can be contacted by phone on 01595 741263 or email at [email protected]. Volunteers will be able to advise you on accessing support.

Shetland Women’s Aid
If you are affected by domestic abuse you can contact Shetland Women’s aid for help and advice. Address: 121A St Olaf St, Lerwick, Shetland ZE1 0ES. Email: [email protected]. Phone: 01595 692070

 

Updated 14th January 2021.

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