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June 22, 2020

In response to the latest Government guidance, Pentland Ferries has confirmed that it will continue to carry out checks on passengers travelling to and from Orkney on board MV Alfred. In addition to freight, key workers, and islanders making essential journeys, travel to visit family on or off island is now acceptable but individuals should consider whether they can do so while acting in line with all other guidance.

Customers booking to travel are required to complete an online form and should also be prepared to provide details and evidence of their journey’s purpose when they travel. Travel for leisure and recreational purposes to the islands is still prohibited at this time.

Director of Pentland Ferries, Kathryn Scollie, said: “There has been much speculation in recent weeks about who is being allowed to travel to Orkney. We want to be absolutely clear that we are following Government guidance as it evolves and will continue to carry out checks to ensure that passengers provide evidence to support their journey.

“We would like to remind passengers to refer to the current travel restrictions and procedures on our website before booking. These restrictions and procedures adhere to Scottish Government guidance.

“It is also mandatory to use a face coverings when moving around the internal areas of the ship. All passengers are expected to comply with the Scottish Government guidance on this and provide their own face covering.

“Like many, the impact that Coronavirus has had on our business is far reaching. Our priority has always been, and remains, the safety of our passengers, crew, and the wider communities that we serve. We appreciate all the support that we receive from our loyal customers, we thank them for their patience, and very much look forward to reaching the stage when we can safely welcome all passengers back on board – and back to Orkney.”