COVID-19 Advice

Covid-19 Advice

From Monday 9th August 2021 most legal Covid-19 restrictions will be lifted. The First Minister’s statement outlining this can be read here. The Scottish Government has outlined guidance here. Below is some of the key information for Shetland. Further local support can be found on my website here.

Face Coverings

Face coverings continue to be legally mandated in all the settings they are required now, such as shops and public transport. That includes those aged 12 and over during lessons and while in school buildings for the first six weeks of the new term.

Social Distancing

Legal restrictions on physical distancing and limits to the size of social gatherings have been lifted.


Working from home will continue to be advised as the default position where possible.


There different circumstances when you may be asked to take a test. These require different kinds of testing.

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 here. PCR test results often come back within 24 hours. You can find out more about what to do if you have symptoms below.

Twice weekly testing
Everyone in Scotland, without Covid-19 symptoms, is asked to take two Lateral Flow Tests - LFTs a week these can also be called Lateral Flow Device tests- LFD. More information can be found here. Before travelling to and from Shetland you are requested to take a pre-departure LFT. You can order LFTs here or by calling 119.

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.


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

International Travel
Restrictions on international travel remain. There is a Red, Amber, Green system for international travel, more information can be found here.


Proof of vaccination status
The process to request a copy of your vaccination status from NHS Scotland can be done over the phone, by calling the COVID-19 Status Helpline on 0808 196 8565, or by completing this online application. The Scottish Government are in the process of developing a mobile phone app for international travel.

Roll out of vaccination
People who are 16 or 17 in Shetland will be contacted by NHS Shetland and invited to attend clinics. You can read the Scottish Government's full announcement on this here.

Mobile Apps

NHS Scotland is assisted by two 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 here, and Protect Scotland app here.


Advice on how to self-isolate can be found here.

What to do if you have symptoms
If you have Covid-19 symptoms you must self-isolate and take a PCR test. You can order a PCR test here.

What to do if you an adult identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19

If double-vaccinated - with at least two weeks having passed since the second dose – and if you have no symptoms, you should take a PCR test. If the PCR test is negative, self-isolation can then be ended. You can order a PCR test here.

What to do if you are aged 5-17 and identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19

Those aged 5 to 17 identified as a close contact will need to take a PCR test and can end their self-isolation if they test negative. Someone over 18 can order a PCR test here.

What to do for those aged 5 and under and identified as a close contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19

Children under the age of 5 will be encouraged but not required to take a PCR test. Someone over 18 can order a PCR test here.

Blanket isolation of whole classes will no longer be routine. Instead a more targeted approach will identify close contacts at highest risk of infection.

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 need to 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, Shetlanders 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 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.

Recently unemployed

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

The Money Advice Service: or 0800 138 7777


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. Large scale events will, for a limited period, keep in place the processes through which organisers of outdoor events of more than 5000 and indoor events of more than 2000 will have to apply for permission.

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.



Updated 11 August 2021.

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