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Coronavirus / Tourists encouraged to ‘do their bit’ to keep isles safe and well

The Tourist Centre in Lerwick.

A LETTER has been created for visitors to heading north reminding them to “ensure they are well prepared to keep themselves and Shetland safe and healthy”.

The letter, backed by Shetland Islands Council and NHS Shetland, said government guidance is “just as important in remote and rural areas as it is in busier towns and cities”.

Tourists are free to head to Shetland for a holiday after lockdown restrictions eased.

No positive coronavirus cases has been registered by the NHS and the Scottish Government in Shetland since April.

A worker at Shetland Gas Plant tested positive in a private test in June but a follow-up NHS test came back negative.

The letter for visitors said: “Our community across Shetland has been working hard and following guidance to try and stop the spread of coronavirus.

“We’re glad to be able to open our doors to visitors once again and welcome people back to experience all the wonderful things Shetland has to offer. But this doesn’t come without risks.

“We’re asking all our potential visitors to ensure they are well prepared to keep themselves and Shetland safe and healthy.”

It contains links to coronavirus related advice from travel operators Loganair and NorthLink, as well as Promote Shetland.

There is also a section on the FACTS guidance: face coverings, avoid crowded places, clean your hands regularly, two metre distance, self-isolate and book a test if you have symptoms.

The letter encourages people to pack face coverings, hand sanitiser and wipes for hands when out and about.