Covid 19 – Coronavirus Island Updates

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NAVIGATING THROUGH COVID – 19 – Updated 20/02/2021

The Island of Cumbrae Tourist Association is committed to caring for the health and well-being of our business, our community, our vulnerable island residents, our much loved and well missed 2nd homeowners and caravaners, and our tourists. Read about the latest decisions being made by us and the actions being taken during the easing of lockdown for COVID-19.

For those wanting to travel to The Isle of Cumbrae & Millport, please follow Scottish Government guidelines at all times available at:

https://www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19/

Current Guidance

Travel to and from the island for all who live in Scotland is allowed but most cafes, and other none essential shops are not open until the 26th of April. 

16 April

  • up to 6 people from up to 6 households, plus children under 12, can socialise outdoors
  • removal of travel distance limit within Scotland for outdoor, small group recreation, socialising or exercise (but do not stay away from your local authority area overnight for that purpose)

26 April

Subject to supply, by mid-April, we plan to have offered the vaccine to priority vaccine groups 1-9, based on the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation advice for protecting the most vulnerable in our population. Assuming the data allows it, we expect a more significant reopening of the economy and society from 26 April. This will likely include the following easings (some of these activities/settings are already permitted/open in Level 3 island communities).

  • up to 6 people from 2 households can socialise indoors in a public place such as a café or restaurant
  • unrestricted travel within Scotland, England and Wales (subject to other local restrictions in place)
  • all shops, stores and close contact services can open
  • hospitality venues like cafes, pubs and restaurants can open until:
    • 20:00 indoors (no alcohol)
    • local licensing laws apply outdoors (alcohol permitted)
  • non-essential childcare permitted
  • non-essential in-house work permitted
  • tourist accommodation to reopen (self-catering accommodation to be restricted in line with rules on indoor gathering)
  • driving lessons and tests can take place
  • funerals and weddings including post-funeral events and receptions can take place with up to 50 people (alcohol permitted)
  • gyms and swimming pools can reopen for individual exercise
  • indoor attractions and public buildings such as galleries, museums and libraries can open
  • takeaway food can be collected indoors

17 May

Three weeks on from the publication of the last update, and given the progress with the vaccination programme and what we have learned about its impact on reducing transmission of the virus, we are now in a position to add a new indicative date for further easing of restrictions. From 17 May we hope to introduce the following easings:

  • Up to 4 people from 2 household can socialise indoors in a private home and up to 6 people from up to 3 households may socialise in an indoors public space
  • Up to 8 people from up to 8 households may socialise outdoors
  • hospitality venues can open until:
    • 22:30 indoors (alcohol permitted, 2 hour slots)
    • outdoors – local licensing laws apply 
  • all organised sport and exercise activity permitted except adult indoor contact sports
  • cinemas, theatres, concert halls, music venues, comedy clubs, amusement arcades, and bingo halls can open, subject to capacity constraints
  • outdoor and indoor events can resume. Maximum capacities – indoors (100), outdoors seated (500) and outdoors free-standing (250) subject to physical distancing capacity requirements
  • universities and colleges can return to a more blended model of learning
  • adult organised non-professional performance arts can resume outdoors

June

We know that the coronavirus is unpredictable and is adept at mutating in order to survive. It is also vital that we allow enough time between different sets of easings to assess what effect they have had on the R number and other virus indicators. For that reason, it is too early now to give specific dates beyond May. However, we understand the need for people and businesses to plan and so, to give a broad sense of likely timings, from the start of June, we would aim for Scotland to move back to Level 1. This will allow further relaxation across all areas of the economy and society, while still applying physical distancing and other non-pharmaceutical interventions and the FACTS guidance. From the end of June, we hope that we will be able to move to Level 0.

We must also be prepared to pause if the data shows that the virus is spreading again. We will act decisively to reapply higher levels of restrictions to manage localised outbreaks should the need arise. This could be on a local or regional basis, depending on the nature of the outbreak. However, we will not leave any restrictions in place for any longer than they are necessary to meet our responsibility to safeguard the people of Scotland.

Early June

  • up to 8 people from up to 3 households can socialise indoors in a public place and up to 6 people from up to 3 households in a private dwelling
  • up to 12 people from 12 households can socialise outdoors
  • hospitality can remain open (indoors) until 23:00 and local licensing laws outdoors
  • attendance at events can increase with maximum capacities of indoors (200), outdoors seated (1000) and outdoor free-standing (500) subject to physical distancing capacity requirements
  • increased numbers at life events (100)
  • funfairs and soft play can open, subject to capacity constraints

From end of June

  • up to 10 people from up to 4 households can socialise indoors in a public place and up to 8 people from up to 4 households in a private dwelling
  • up to 15 people from up to 15 households can socialise outdoors
  • a phased and limited return of some office staff
  • events increase numbers – indoors (400), outdoors seated (2000) and outdoors free-standing (1000) subject to physical distancing capacity requirements
  • increased numbers at life events (200)
  • all sport activities permitted

Ferry:

Not a book-able service, purely turn up and board
Further information will be released:

www.calmac.co.uk | 08000665000

Valid from 12 February – 25 March 2021

Please check the service status of this route before you travel

We are operating a reduced timetable between 12 February and 25 March 2021 as a result of reduced crew availability during the COVID19 pandemic.  

Travelling in a vehicle – All vehicle drivers and passengers MUST remain in their vehicles during the duration of the crossing to ensure the safety of all passengers and crew at this time.

Check-in – Due to quick turnaround times all passengers are asked to be ready to board as soon as the vessel berths.

We are operating a turn-up and go service on this route, please:

– Plan ahead as your first choice of sailing may not always be available and wait times may be extended.

– When paying for your ticket, please do so using a contactless method. We accept MasterCard, Visa, Apple, Google and Samsung Pay.

Blue badge holders ONLY can now purchase tickets in advance by phoning  0800 066 5000 

If you require to be tested for Covid19 and live on an island, please request a home testing kit  or visit the local island testing facility if this is available. If you live on the mainland, please arrange to visit a local testing centre. Don’t travel on the ferry and stay at home if you feel unwell or if anyone in your household is experiencing coronavirus symptoms. 

Please ensure you take the time to read all our latest travel guidelines and safety information prior to your journey. Customers are reminded to wear a face-covering when travelling with us on the ferry, and at our port offices, unless exempt.

https://www.calmac.co.uk/largs-cumbrae-ferry-winter-timetable-12-feb-25-mar-2021

Valid from 26 March – 25 April 2021

Please check the service status of this route before you travel

Following a review of the reduced timetable due to the availability of staff and to ensure service resilience, we will be reintroducing a number of sailings on the LargsCumbrae route from 26 March – 25 April 2021

Travelling in a vehicle – All vehicle drivers and passengers MUST remain in their vehicles during the duration of the crossing to ensure the safety of all passengers and crew at this time.

Check-in – Due to quick turnaround times all passengers are asked to be ready to board as soon as the vessel berths.

We are operating a turn-up and go service on this route, please:

– Plan ahead as your first choice of sailing may not always be available and wait times may be extended.

– When paying for your ticket, please do so using a contactless method. We accept MasterCard, Visa, Apple, Google and Samsung Pay.

Blue badge holders ONLY can now purchase tickets in advance by phoning  0800 066 5000 

If you require to be tested for Covid19 and live on an island, please request a home testing kit or visit the local island testing facility if this is available. If you live on the mainland, please arrange to visit a local testing centre. Don’t travel on the ferry and stay at home if you feel unwell or if anyone in your household is experiencing coronavirus symptoms. 

Please ensure you take the time to read all our latest travel guidelines and safety information prior to your journey. Customers are reminded to wear a face-covering when travelling with us on the ferry, and at our port offices, unless exempt.

https://www.calmac.co.uk/largs-cumbrae-ferry-winter-timetable-26-mar-25-apr-2021

Busses:

Not a book-able service, purely turn up and board
Further information will be released:

01475530555

Facilities:

TOILET UPDATE….

Please visit All Kleen Cumbrae for up to date information 

https://allkleen.co.uk/cumbrae-public-toilets-%F0%9F%9A%BB