Covid-19 - Local and national information

18 June 2021


No change to restrictions - major review next week.
On 15 June First Minister Nicola Sturgeon made a statement to Parliament noting that cases of Covid-19 in Scotland were still rising, with the Delta variant predominant, and although evidence suggests that the Delta variant is associated with a higher risk of hospitalization than other variants, she expressed the hope that vaccination is increasingly protecting people against serious illness.  Mainland local authority areas remain at levels 1 or 2 and the three island authorities at level 0.  At level 2 six people from three households can meet in each other's homes and stay overnight, 8 people from up to 8 households can meet socially outdoors, and pubs can serve alcohol indoors until 10.30.
Note the lockdown timetable document below.
The First Minister's 15 June statement 
Lockdown timetable            alternative version
Local protection levels by area  (with postcode checker)
Scottish Government general Covid-19 advice

Covid-19 Self-Isolation Support Grant
The Scottish Government has announced a new Covid-19 Self-Isolation Support Grant for individuals who are in receipt of low-income benefits and who will lose income as a result of being required to self-isolate to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
If you have been asked by NHS Test and Protect Service to self-isolate on or after 28 September 2020, either because you have tested positive for Covid-19 or you have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, you may be entitled to a £500 Self-Isolation Support Grant. 
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18 June  Highland Community Resilience Group briefing no 21  notes a fall in Covid-19 cases in the Highlands in the past week, and has information about community testing in Alness and Invergordon.

17 June   NHS Highland Covid-19 update 
Transition Black Isle        Our Local Larder
All Community Markets, Grow North workshops and face to face meetings are cancelled until further notice.  Where possible, meetings and discussions will be held online.   

Information and advice from  The Black Isle Partnership, which is co-ordinating support and Scottish Government funding to local communities during the Covid-19 crisis, is available at
Highland Council   COVID-19 Free Helpline  0300 303 1362.
Latest coronavirus developments and changes to key services.
Website virus
Helpline details
Highland Council  contact numbers for all council services.
August       Community  Councils information
As many Black Isle community councils are playing an important part in the response to Covid-19 we have updated our information to include email contacts, office holders and website addresses for all Black Isle and two neighbouring community councils.
General information              Contacts and office holders

23 April  Ferintosh CC's new website has useful information

2 April    MOO Food Website  
SUPPORT GROUPS - If you live local to Muir of Ord and need some support or help, whether to get food, medicines or you just need a friendly person to chat to, give Hannah at The Hub a ring 01463 870588 (Monday – Friday 10-4pm) or Lyn at MOO Food 07419 129851 (Weekends 10am-4pm).


We are part of the rapidly expanding worldwide Transition Towns movement. The Black Isle is a peninsula of about 100 sq miles ENE of Inverness in Scotland, UK.