Despite the rapidly changing situation with the spread of COVID-19, coronavirus, Orkney Islands Council has taken the decision today, 17th of March, to keep schools open. School trips outwith Orkney, however, have been cancelled.
Councillors and staff will not be attending community council meetings and public events, however, some limited travel outwith Orkney is still planned to go ahead.
Visits by cruise ships have not been cancelled.
James Stockan, Leader of OIC said:
“Elected Members met our Senior Management Team today to review the extensive steps already taken to prepare for the likely impact on Orkney of the coronavirus pandemic. I believe the organisation is well prepared to respond effectively to what is a fast-changing situation.
“I am aware there is concern in our community about visits to Orkney by cruise ships. No other port in Scotland has stopped such visits and we are following national guidance on this.
“We have had port health procedures in place for many years for dealing with cases of infection aboard ships of all kind. These procedures are aimed at preventing infection coming into the country.”
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