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Coronavirus / NorthLink bans Covid-19 passengers from travel

PASSENGERS on the lifeline NorthLink ferry service will be banned from travel if they admit to having a new or persistent cough or fever.

The possible travel ban is one of a range of measures being introduced by NorthLink to try to avoid spreading coronavirus.

Extra hand sanitation points have been installed throughout the ships’ passenger areas and in NorthLink terminals, which people are encouraged to use.

A statement on the NorthLink website says it has been working closely with the government and the NHS and standing plans have been put into action since late January following the emergence of coronavirus.

It adds: “We are taking a pro-active approach in undertaking extra cleaning and sanitation in our terminals and on board our vessels, so you are likely to see staff and crew carrying out extra cleaning duties during your visit and crossing with NorthLink Ferries.

“We would ask all passengers to follow the latest Government and NHS advice with particular reference to hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette and practice social distancing.”

The statement continues: “Due to updated government guidance you will now be asked prior to checking in if you have a new, continuous cough or a high temperature. If so, travel will be refused.

“If you are exhibiting symptoms of Covid-19 you should not be travelling. You should self-isolate and follow the NHS guidance found on https://www.nhsinform.scot/.