Stay Safe

General Advice

Coronavirus (COVID-19) is the illness caused by a new strain of coronavirus. It can cause a new continuous cough, fever or loss of, or change in, sense of smell or taste.  Generally, coronavirus can cause more severe symptoms in people with weakened immune systems, older people and those with long term conditions like diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disease.  This is a rapidly changing situation which is being monitored carefully. 

To find out about symptoms, when you can use self-care, and what to do if your condition worsens and you need medical help please look at the latest guidelines on NHS Inform Scotland or phone 111.

Test and Protect strategy is Scotland's approach to preventing the spread of coronavirus in the community.

Physical distancing of 2 metres continues to be required in Scotland and encouraging the use of face coverings in all shops whilst mandatory on public transport.

Community Support

 

During these unusual times with everyone observing social distancing and shielding; our supportive community are around to assist you as required.  East Kintyre Community Council and Carradale Surgery are working closely together to assist the community in dealing with the fallout of COVID-19.  

A local Facebook page Covid-19 Support: Carradale & East Kintyre Community Council Area has been set up. We have a number of volunteers in the area and so If you are in need of support, or just wish to find out more please contact the following local phone numbers to get you to your “points of contact” who may be able to assist you:

  • Email: carradalevh@gmail.com
  • Catriona Trott (Tel: 01583 431115) 
  • Malcolm Trott (Tel: 07801416134)
  • Elaine Batchelor (Tel: 01583 431533)

 Websites/ Facebook Pages providing useful Coronavirus information and local contacts are:

Visitor Guidance

 
We are very much looking forward to welcoming you as a visitor to the area.  

East Kintyre has been a top holiday destination for many generations of visitors.

You’ll find a wide range of fabulous places to stay in the area, including hotels, bed & breakfasts, guest houses, self-catering cottages or houses and camping and caravan parks . . . in fact, there’s something for every taste and budget.  You can find more information on our tourism pages.

Our hospitality operators have been preparing for tourism starting up again since the Scottish Government announcement of key dates. Setting out indicative dates, the First Minister stressed that while sustained progress has been made to suppress coronavirus (COVID-19), the changes remain contingent on scientific and public health advice.  Physical distancing of 2 metres continues to be required in Scotland and encouraging the use of face coverings in all shops.

Indicative Phase 2 dates: 
  • 3 July – Travel distance limit for leisure will be lifted
  • 3 July – Self-catering holiday accommodation will be permitted, providing it requires no shared facilities between households
  • 6 July – Outdoor hospitality can commence subject to the Scientific Advisory Group review
Indicative Phase 3 dates:
  • 10 July – Mandatory face coverings on public transport and shops
  • 10 July – People can meet in extended groups outdoors, with physical distancing
  • 10 July – Households can meet indoors with up to a maximum of two households, with physical distancing
  • 13 July – Organised outdoor contact sport can resume for children and young people, subject to guidance
  • 13 July – Non-essential shops inside shopping centres can reopen, subject to the Scientific Advisory Group review
  • 15 July – All holiday accommodation will be permitted
  • 15 July – Indoor hospitality can reopen, subject to the Scientific Advisory Group review
  • 15 July – Hairdressers and barbers can reopen with enhanced hygiene measures
  • 15 July – Museums, galleries, cinemas, monuments, libraries will reopen with physical distancing and other measures, such as ticketing in advance

Please enjoy and respect our small community, which has many vulnerable elderly.  For full up to date guidance please check the Scottish Government Website.


Explore Kintyre & Gigha with over 80 members has published the a charter for opening up the tourism sector:

Look out for the ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard and supporting mark.

This means businesses across all sectors of the tourism industry in Scotland can demonstrate that they're adhering to the respective government and public health guidance, and have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment to check they have the required processes and protocols in place.

Resilience Planning for the Future

 
EK Emergency Resilience Group Update  (June 2020)

A small team (EK Emergency Resilience Group) was set up to consider the best ways to spend the funding grants announced below to consider how best to support the community during Covid 19 and times of other emergencies so that we would be prepared for most eventualities. The aim is to ensure the community is as self sufficient as possible and that people on their own or isolated geographically are able to be supported.  

Find out more by reading their EK Emergency Resilience Group June 2020 Update.

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Funding Application Successes (May 2020)
SSE Networks Resilient Communities Fund Application Success 

EKCC were delighted to be awarded £1,550 grant from SSE Networks Resilient Communities Fund to support local communities during the Covid 19. This will be split between EKCC COVID-19 Community Resilience Group (£500), Kintyre Food Bank (£525) and The Kintyre Youth Cafe (£525).

Covid-19 Supporting Communities Fund Application Success 

The CCT were delighted to receive £10,600 from the Covid-19 Supporting Communities Fund for the period 16/03/2020 – 31/08/2020.  This funding to assist the East Kintyre Community area was made available by the Scottish Government and administered by Highlands and Islands Enterprise on their behalf.  

In awarding this assistance, you have indicated to us that you will deliver the following outputs:

Summary of Activities:

  • Provision of measures to combat food poverty
  • Provision of volunteer transport service
  • Provision of measures to combat social isolation and keep community connected
  • Provision of PPE equipment
  • Provision of COVID community welfare fund

Overall Outcomes:

  • The economic impact on Covid-19 on our community’s fragile economy is minimised.
  • Our community will be better equipped and able to return to “normal” when restrictions are lifted.

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