Travelling to Scilly for work during the current national lockdown

[UPDATED: 10 February 2021]

National guidance applies to the Isles of Scilly just as it does elsewhere in England. Currently the Isles of Scilly, like the rest of the UK, is under national lockdown.

You may only leave your home for work if you cannot reasonably work from home, to help reduce the spread of the virus and protect others.

DO NOT travel to the Isles of Scilly if you:

  • have any symptoms of COVID-19
  • have been isolating with someone who is COVID-19 positive
  • have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace and asked to self-isolate
  • do not have a permitted reason to do so 

Consider the following if travelling to the islands for work 

  • Risk assessment. Risk assess each stage of your journey and stay on Scilly: the drive to the airport or quay; working safely while you are here; where you will eat; and what toilet facilities you will use. Your risk assessments should cover all of these aspects – not just generic working practices. 
  • Face coverings. Pack sufficient face coverings for the duration of your stay - face coverings are mandatory in many settings and you need to consider whether you will have the facilities to wash your face coverings.
  • NHS number. Bring your NHS number with you. It is required for the testing process and having it to hand will help ensure you get your test result as quickly as possible.
  • Charge your phone. Keep your phone charged at all times so that you can be contacted by the National Test and Trace System. If you have no mobile reception and no access to email in your accommodation, you must ensure you can safely access and relay messages from our Local Incident Response Team and NHS Test and Trace via your accommodation provider or another on-island contact.
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). Bring all of the PPE supplies required to support your COVID secure working practices, along with supplies of hand sanitiser and necessary cleaning products. Do not rely on being able to buy supplies on the islands.
  • Medicine. You should bring at least 14 extra days’ worth of any medication or medical supplies you rely on.
  • Plan for all eventualities. Have a plan for how you will respond if you or any close contacts within your travel party develop symptoms, tests positive or is contacted by Test and Trace while you are on Scilly and discuss it with your accommodation provider before travel. 
  • Keep track of your movements. Consider keeping a diary of your movements during your visit, so that if you develop coronavirus symptoms while on Scilly, our Local Incident Response Team can work with the Public Health Protection Team to identify places you have visited and people you may have come into contact with in, order to minimise transmission. 
  • Entertainment. You may wish to bring your own entertainment, as most accommodation providers will have removed items such as books, games and DVDs which can’t be cleaned effectively.
  • Contactless payment. Most local businesses offer contactless payments. Please use this system wherever possible.

Getting a COVID-19 test on the Isles of Scilly 

If you develop any COVID symptoms whilst on Scilly, you must immediately self-isolate in your accommodation, notify your accommodation provider and arrange for a test. You can find full information on how to access a COVID-19 test on the Isles of Scilly here.

Anyone with symptoms or who tests positive for COVID-19 is expected to self-isolate in their accommodation for their full isolation period. You should discuss this with your accomodation provider before travelling. There are also some important additional considerations for those planning to travel to the islands.

Further Information

For further information about COVID-19 arrangements on the Isles of Scilly visit: COVID-19 information and advice pages. You may also wish to follow our Facebook and Twitter accounts for the latest updates. 

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We are a small island community, with limited infrastructure and health care services. Excellent as they are, there are only a few of us running them, so we need to make sure we protect our key workers for the safety of both you and our local community.