Covid-19 - Local and national information

28 July 2021


Over 4 million vaccinated - 70% of adults have had both doses
On 27 July First Minister Nicola Sturgeon made a statement at St Andrews House noting the continuing success of the vaccination programme, with 90% of adults having received a first dose.  Covid cases were falling, but still 9 times higher than at the start of May.  A decision would be made next week on further relaxation of restrictions from 9 August.
The First Minister's 27 July statement 

Lockdown timetable            alternative version
Local protection levels by area  (with postcode checker)
Scottish Government general Covid-19 advice
Policy papers published 22 June
a revised strategic framework for tackling Covid-19 and
a review of physical distancing, likely to be relaxed from 19 July. 

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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23 July  Highland Community Resilience Group briefing no 27 
reports a slight decrease in cases, encourages testing, and notes that community testing will be available next week in Inverness – Fairways Golf Centre,  Inverness  IV2 6AA, and in Fort William.

30 July   NHS Highland Covid-19 update   has links to details of drop-in vaccination clinics for first and second doses.
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.
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.