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

Stay at home

Some of the rules on what you can and cannot do have changed:

  • up to 4 adults from up to 2 households can meet outdoors – you should still stay as close to home as possible
  • adults can take part in outdoor non-contact sport and organised group exercise in groups of up to 15 people

Young people aged 12 to 17 can:

  • meet outdoors in groups of up to 4 people from 4 different households
  • take part in outdoor non-contact sports and other organised activities in groups of up to 15 people – and travel across local council boundaries to take part in these activities

We also plan to allow communal worship to restart with up to 50 people from 26 March – but this will depend on levels of the virus.

What you can and cannot do

To minimise the risk of spreading the virus, you must stay at home as much as possible. By law, in a Level 4 area, you can only leave your home (or garden) for an essential purpose.

There is a list of examples of reasonable excuses below. Although you can leave home for these purposes, you should stay as close to home as possible.

Shop online or use local shops and services wherever you can. Travel no further than you need to reach a safe, non-crowded place to exercise in a physically distanced way.

To minimise the risk of spread of coronavirus, it is crucial that we all avoid unnecessary travel.

Examples of reasonable excuses to go out:

  • for work or an activity associated with seeking employment, or to provide voluntary or charitable services, but only where that cannot be done from your home.
  • for education including, school, college, university or other essential purposes connected with a course of study
  • for essential shopping, including essential shopping for a vulnerable person. You should use online shopping or shops and other services in your immediate area wherever you can.
  • to obtain or deposit money, where it is not possible to do so from home
  • for healthcare, including medical trials, COVID-19 testing and vaccination, and mental health support
  • for childcare or support services for parents or expectant parents
  • for essential services, including services of a charitable or voluntary nature such as food banks, alcohol or drug support services.
  • to access public services where it is not possible to do so, including from home:
    • services provided to victims (such as victims of crime)
    • social-care services
    • accessing day care centres
    • services provided by the Department for Work and Pensions
    • services provided to victims (including victims of crime)
    • asylum and immigration services and interviews
    • waste or recycling services
  • to provide care, assistance, support to or respite for a vulnerable or disabled person
  • to provide or receive emergency assistance
  • to participate in or facilitate shared parenting
  • to visit a person in an extended household
  • to meet a legal obligation including satisfying bail conditions, to participate in legal proceedings, to comply with a court mandate in terms of sentence imposed or to register a birth
  • for attendance at court including a remote jury centre, an inquiry, a children’s hearing, tribunal proceedings or to resolve a dispute via Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • for essential animal welfare reasons, such as exercising or feeding a horse or going to a vet
  • Local outdoor informal socialising, recreation, sport or exercise. This can be in groups up to a maximum of 4 people from a maximum of 2 households, plus any children under 12. 12–17 year olds can meet up in groups of up to 4 at a time and are not subject to the 2 household limit.  Outdoor socialising, recreation and exercise can start and finish at a place in your local authority area (or up to 5 miles from its boundary).  For exercise, you should travel no further than you need to reach to a safe, non-crowded place.
  • To participate or facilitate in an organised outdoor non-contact sport or exercise in groups of up to 15 people.
  • To participate in or facilitate an organised outdoor activity, non-contact sport or exercise for those under 18 years of age.  This can be in groups of up to 15 people, with to 2 adult instructors or coaches included in the group number. See guidance on sport and physical activity
  • to attend a marriage ceremony or registration of a civil partnership
  • to attend a funeral or for compassionate reasons which relate to the end of a person’s life. This includes gatherings related to the scattering or interring of ashes, a stone setting ceremony and other similar commemorative events
  • if you are a minister of religion or worship leader, for the purposes of leading an act of worship (broadcast or online), conducting a marriage or civil partnership ceremony or a funeral
  • to donate blood
  • whilst it is permitted to leave your house for activities in connection with moving home (including viewing a property), or for activities in connection with the essential maintenance, purchase, sale, letting, or rental of residential property that the person owns or is otherwise responsible for, at this time it is advisable to postpone, if possible. Travelling for the purposes of undertaking essential work on a property other than your main residence should not be used as a pretext for a holiday. You should not stay longer than for the length of time required to undertake the necessary work
  • to avoid injury, illness or to escape a risk of harm
  • for those involved in professional sports, for training, coaching or competing in an event
  • to visit a person receiving treatment in a hospital, staying in a hospice or care home, or to accompany a person to a medical appointment.
  • to register or vote in a Scottish or UK Parliament, Local Government or overseas election or by-election, including on behalf of someone else by proxy
  • to visit a person detained in prison, young offenders institute, remand centre, secure accommodation or other place of detention
  • collecting a newly purchased vehicle
  • delivering or collecting a vehicle for a repair, service or MOT

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:


Further information will be released:

TOILET UPDATE….

The Cumbrae Community Development Company board are in the process of modernising many of the toilet facilities on the Island with information to follow. This does mean however we are running on reduced public toilets please check before travelling.

No Facilities available on the island currently – 20-03-2021

Fintry bay, The Ferry and Garrison House are currently closed

Crocodile Rock and the Garrison “Bomb Shelter” toilets are currently being refurbished so also closed.