The COVID crisis has had an impact on all aspects of island life, including crofting activities. This has led to several questions on what is allowed under the current restrictions. Some information is provided below however the rules will change as the lockdown is relaxed and crofters are reminded to follow the latest government advice which can be found at: www.gov.scot/coronavirus-covid-19.
Crofters are advised to minimise moving and gathering animals unless it is essential or it is for welfare related activities like shearing. Crofters should adopt good hygiene practices and if people from more than one household are involved in activities then they should plan their activities to ensure that they can practice social distancing. Personal protective equipment (PPE) should be considered in line with any national guidance. Similar rules apply to related animal activities including vets attending stock, farriers coming on to the island, and hauliers taking stock on and off the islands.
Peat is still commonly used to provide fuel for households in the islands therefore peat-cutting is allowed under the current restrictions. If people from more than one household are involved then they should plan their activities to ensure that they can practice social distancing.