Early morning on the Stromness shorefront. We’ve been protected from the coronavirus outbreak up to now thanks to our separation from the mainland by the sea. For days travel between the islands has been strictly controlled. Ferries have been limited to freight transport and planes have been grounded except for medical supplies and emergencies. But nowhere is immune: today Orkney announced its first confirmed case of Covid-19. Not great news, as healthcare capacity on islands - particularly the outlying islands - is small.
But we are locked down just like the rest of the country, and during this time it’s been really remarkable to see this village community pull together. The butcher/grocer, bakery, deli, seafood merchants and even the bookshop are all doing home deliveries. We’ve exchanged numbers with all our neighbours and speak most days about who needs what. Small is beautiful, in many ways.
Time to batten down the hatches and wait this storm out. .
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