Covid-19 - Local and national information

14 May 2021


Meeting and close contact indoors at home allowed from 17 May.  Surge in cases in Moray may prolong restrictions.
On 11 May First Minister Nicola Sturgeon made a statement from St Andrew's House announcing further easing of restrictions from 17 May.  All mainland Scotland, with the likely exception of Moray, will move to level 2, meaning six people from three households can meet in each other's homes and stay overnight. Pubs can serve alcohol indoors until 10.30, and cinemas and theatres, concert halls, amusement arcades, and bingo halls can open.
Note the lockdown timetable document below.
The First Minister's 11 May statement 
Lockdown timetable            alternative version
Local protection levels by area  (with postcode checker)
Scottish Government general Covid-19 advice

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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14 May  Highland Community Resilience Group briefing no 17  highlights the publication of a comprehansive guide to financial support and guidance by Highland Council and a guide to mental health and wellbeing support services by the Highland Community Planning Partnership.  Also  Resilience Network contacts.  There is also a separate infographics file
26 March  Highland Council Funeral and other costs suppport

14 May   NHS Highland Covid-19 update
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. 
4 February   Cafes and restaurants takeaway/delivery update.  Try a takeaway from one of our many local cafes, restaurants and catering services offering a collection or home delivery service.   

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.
August       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.