Transport / Bressay ferry service affected by Covid outbreak

A reduced timetable is being put in place and will be reviewed again on 23 December

The Lerwick-Bressay ferry terminal. Photo: Shetland News/Neil Riddell.
Journeys on Shetland's inter-island ferries are currently not included in the new free bus travel scheme for young people. Photo: Shetland News.

THE BRESSAY ferry will be operating a reduced service from this evening (Wednesday) onwards due to Covid outbreak amongst crew.

A revised timetable will come into force from 6pm and it will be reviewed on Thursday 23 December.

There will be a gap in this evening’s timetable from 6pm until the 9pm crossing from Bressay, followed by the 9.30pm run from Lerwick and the 9.45pm from Bressay. The last crossing will be the 10pm from Lerwick.


On Thursday the first run will be 7.30am from Bressay, with further alterations to the normal timetable throughout the day. Wherever possible, crews will fit in extra runs where there is a build-up of waiting traffic.

Shetland Islands Council said it would like to apologise to passengers for the short notice changes.

It comes after a warning was made over the fragility of Shetland’s inter-island ferry service when it comes to staff isolating.

Shetland Islands Council’s transport committee chairman Ryan Thomson reminded folk not to travel on ferries if they have any Covid symptoms.

Meanwhile the local health board confirmed today that the Omicron variant of Covid has been detected in Shetland.