Residents across the islands are being reminded of safety precautions to prevent transmission of Covid-19

Residents across the Western Isles are being reminded about important safety precautions to take to avoid spreading COVID-19 in our communities.

Friday, 5th March 2021, 4:34 pm
Updated Friday, 5th March 2021, 4:38 pm
Follow the rules to help keep communities safe

Following the identification of further recent positive cases of Covid-19 on Lewis, a significant number of individuals have now been required to self-isolate by Test and Protect, after being identified as close contacts of positive cases.


It is of vital importance that everyone who has to attend their workplace follows all the relevant safety precautions at all times (indoors & outdoors) whilst at work, including: Two metre physical distancing; wearing a face mask/covering; keeping hands and hard surfaces clean; not attending work if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

NHS Western Isles is reminding everyone that the virus doesn’t take a tea break, so those in workplaces must ensure that they continue with safety precautions during tea and lunch breaks. Take breaks alone if at all possible, and where this is not possible, ensure you keep a two-metre distance from others at all times.HOUSEHOLDS MUST STAY AT HOME IF ANYONE HAS SYMPTOMSIn addition, one of the most important ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to ensure you stay at home if you, or anyone else within your household or extended household, has symptoms regardless of how mild.If anyone has symptoms, you must all stay at home and self-isolate. Do not attend work, do not go shopping, and do not send children in the household to school or nursery. The symptomatic person should arrange a test and everyone in the household (and extended household) must continue to self-isolate until the test results are back. Depending on the result, the Test and Protect team will advise on any future isolation requirements.


We are aware that, with the current disruption affecting the bus service in Lewis and Harris, some individuals from different households may have to car share.

Car sharing with someone from outwith your household does present a risk of spreading COVID-19 - however if you have no other option than to car share with others, follow all safety measures.