Ferry company Caledonian MacBrayne has issued a reminder to passengers on safe practice when travelling, as new Scottish Government protection measures become law tomorrow (Friday 20 November).

A spokesperson for CalMac said: “Changes to Scotland's Covid-19 protection measures come into effect on 20 November – at which point travel guidance will become law.

“We are working closely with Transport Scotland and we ask that our customers follow the latest nationwide guidelines and the specific local measures within the local authority area you are travelling from/to.

“For more details visit the gov.scot website or use the postcode checker, to find out what restrictions apply in your area.”

CalMac reminds passengers that there is now strict regulation in place regarding travel on public transport between areas of Scotland in different Levels within the Covid-19 framework.

As well as prohibitions on travelling into and out of high tier local authority areas, there’s a series of regulations to observe if you do intend to travel by ferry.

These include staying off the ferries altogether if you feel unwell or if you or anyone in your household is experiencing coronavirus symptoms.

Islanders who need to be tested for Covid-19 are specifically reminded to ask for a home testing kit or to visit an island testing facility.

Further reminders include the necessity to wear a mask when using all public transport, including ferries and advice to wash your hands regularly before, during and after travel.

The full guidance for safer travel can be found at

https://www.calmac.co.uk/covid19/faqs/safer-travel-with-calmac

Meanwhile NHS Western Isles confirmed last night there had been, once again, no new Covid-19 cases anywhere in the Western Isles.  Chief Executive Gordon Jamieson asked:"Please remain vigilant as we approach the Christmas period and do everything you can to help suppress the virus."