As CalMac prepares for easing of lockdown travel from tomorrow (Wednesday 1 July) they’ve today issued a simple plea to travellers; “Please wear a mask”.

Preventing the spread of coronavirus by wearing a face-covering is among the Scottish Government’s new guidelines, issued last week. Face-coverings are mandatory when travelling in an enclosed area of a ferry.

According to the World Health Organisation, face-coverings offer protection to other people from the Covid 19 virus. CalMac's director of operations, Robert Morrison, said: "By covering your nose and mouth you are showing that you care for other passengers and our staff, providing you with a service. 

“I'd strongly urge passengers to abide by the new guideline and help keep our island communities safe. Health experts say the evidence is now clear that face coverings can help prevent the spread of Covid-19 and that the more people wearing them, the better." 

CalMac is reinstating more sailings from July 1 and again from July 15 in line with the Scottish Government's decision to relax travel rules. There has been very little spread of coronavirus across CalMac's area of operations, and as services increase again, the company want passengers to help keep it that way.  

Robert said: “As travel guidance changes and more people begin to sail with us again it is essential that everyone who can, follows the guidance. 

“We are now being told that both pre-symptomatic and asymptomatic transmission of the disease are much more common than first thought. As health experts learn more about the condition they have a greater degree of certainty on the advice given, and that advice is now to cover your face while on public transport.' 

“As it isn't always possible to tell who is infected and who isn't, a simple step such as covering your nose and mouth and staying socially distant really can