STATEMENT FROM FERGUS EWING
TOURISM MINISTER IN THE SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT
“I am furious at the reckless and irresponsible behaviour of some people travelling to the Highland and Islands. This has to stop now.
“Let me be crystal clear, people should not be travelling to rural and island communities full stop. They are endangering lives.
“Do not travel.
“Panic buying will have a devastating impact on the livelihoods of rural shops and potentially puts unwanted pressure on NHS services in our rural communities.
“The Scottish Government’s advice is that essential travel only should be undertaken.
“We have been in touch with CalMac and industry leaders to discuss what further measures may be required to deal with this issue.”
Today , 21st March, Orkney has still been most fortunate that no one has tested positive for COVID -19. But this is an extremely infectious virus for which we have no immunity.
The only way to contain this virus is to limit contact – and that includes unnecessary travel and socialising.