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Find all the information you need about COVID-19 in Orkney.

Updated - 06/01/22

Orkney, just like the rest of Scotland, moved beyond Scotland's Level 0 COVID-19 restrictions in 2021. The emergence of the Omicron variant has however led to regular reviews of guidance and recommendations.

Protective measures remain in place, including:

  • Face coverings must be worn indoors in public places and on public transport
  • Food & drink businesses will still take your contact details for track and trace
  • Physical distancing in shops and hospitality venues will be in place
  • Travel restrictions may be introduced if required
  • Everyone without symptoms is asked to take regular lateral flow tests, especially before mixing with other people

If you’re planning a visit to Orkney, we’d really appreciate it if you could make sure you’re familiar with all current guidance on preventing the spread of coronavirus.

Read our FAQ and travel sections for more information.

The Scottish Government is also encouraging everyone visiting Scotland's islands to take two coronavirus tests before they travel.

Keep up-to-date with the COVID-19 situation locally on the NHS Orkney Facebook page. The health board has also issued guidance for anyone planning a visit to Orkney.

Use our links below to discover things to see and do, arts, crafts and food attractions and places to eat out during your time in Orkney. You can also find out more about exploring our great outdoors on our Inspiration page.

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