Coronavirus / COVID-19 - Information and Advice
Latest Daily update from the BBC and UK Government - The Press conference starts at 1hr 14min 03secs into the video.
Updated 7pm 07 April 2020 - We will update this page and provide relevant links/information at every opportunity.
Help and Support in the Ferintosh Community Council area:
If you are having to self-isolate and require help, such as someone to get shopping, medicine and other essentials, please contact us, we will find a local volunteer to make contact with you and help in any way they can.
Could you help your neighbours and others in the Ferintosh Community Council Area? Please see here for more information on a co-ordinated effort.
Businessses and Organisations the are helping the Community can be found here.
HTSI has launched a new website and helpline to support our local communities in dealing with COVID-19. The website is a new resource for community groups and charities in the Highlands. You can find the Community Response Register, which can be viewed and added to. We are also registering volunteers on this site as well.
A poster you can print and display outisde your home, to notify people you are self-isolating can be found here.
A new ‘Scotland Cares’ campaign has been launched to encouraging volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you would like to volunteer and support your community there are options for you on the Ready Scotland website.
Current Advice and Information:
The advice provided by the Government is likely to change as the situation evolves. View the following links for current information:
Social Distancing Advice
Self-Isolation if you display symptoms
NHS Information and Guidance
Please observe a responsible attitude when getting exercise, especially when looking to walk on Farmland. NFU Scotland have a comprehensive guide on what is responsible access and what is not responsible. Please do view that information here, before walking on Farmland.
Personal and Non-Business Support:
The Highland Council are taking notice that some folk will be earning less and therefore not as able to pay their Council Tax Bill:
"Council tax payers in Highland who have lost their jobs or are experiencing a drop in their income are being encouraged to apply as quickly as possible for a reduction in their council tax."
You can find the form here. This is very much a 'means tested' approach to support.
The Highland Council Trading Standards have issued guidance on Travellers Rights along with other advice for claims in respect of travel plans/events that you have planned to attend, but which are now cancelled.
The FSB are offering help to non-members during this time, find more informaiton here.
The Scottish Government has announced a £50m hardship fund non-businesses and for people that don’t have other forms of support. Information on how to access this, if you're affected by the Coronavirus, will be announced soon. Currently, there is the following:
Advice for Employees
The UK Government also note measures to support Employees here, these measures are being updated regularly, to combat the difficulties faced by Employees.
NFU Scotland offers a wide range of information and guidance on Farm related matters here.
The UK Government are offering a range of measures to support businesses through this pandemic. These measures are being updated regularly, to negate the difficulties faced by businesses. Please note that some measures are applied differently in Scotland.
There is an online hub for business support
Also, the Scottish Government launched a helpline providing businesses across Scotland with advice and guidance on COVID-19.
The helpline number is 0300 303 0660, and will be open Monday to Friday, between 8.30am to 5.30pm. Advisers across Scotland will answer questions from businesses related to COVID-19. The helpline will also help the Scottish Government identify the current challenges facing businesses.
Given the ongoing developments of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Port can confirm that there will be no Cruise calls to Invergordon in April. The Scottish Government, Public Health Scotland and the Port Health Authority are taking proactive measures to mitigate against the impact of COVID-19 and are providing instructions for the Port to follow. As the COVID-19 developments remain fluid, the Cruise calls scheduled for May and beyond into Invergordon are under constant review. The Port will follow the instructions, advice and guidance from the governing authorities and experts as it becomes available.
Further information on the Port’s COVID-19 health & safety procedures can be found here: https://www.pocf.co.uk/home-page-3/doing-business-at-the-port/safety-security/.
If you have any questions, or need any help, please do contact us.