Last updated: Monday, April 26, 2021 9:39 AM
Stirling Council continues to follow Government, NHS and Public Health Scotland guidance on COVID-19.
The Stirling Council area entered Level 3 of COVID-19 restrictions on Monday, 26 April. This means:
- Hospitality venues such as cafes, pubs and restaurants can reopen, along with tourist accommodation
- Non-essential retail outlets and close contact services such as beauty salons can also reopen, in addition to indoor attractions and public buildings such as galleries, museums and libraries
- You can meet in groups of up to 6 from 2 households in an indoor public place such as a café, pub or restaurant
- You can meet in groups of up to 6 from 6 households outdoors, in a private garden or a public place like a park or an outdoor area of a café
- You can travel anywhere in Scotland
- You should not go into someone’s house except for certain reasons such as joining your extended household or caring for a vulnerable person.
this list is not exhaustive, and it is crucial all residents and businesses understand the rules, guidance and exceptions of the Levels system by regularly visiting the Scottish Government website.
To view the timetable for the easing of lockdown restrictions over the coming weeks and months, please head to the Scottish Government website.
Please note: This web page provides information on how the Council is supporting communities through COVID-19.
For updates on how COVID-19 restrictions is impacting our services, visit our Regular Service Updates page.
7 key facts
- Some people who spread Covid-19 have no symptoms.
- Testing people who have no symptoms can identify many of these people.
- Any testing only detects some (not all) of those infectious at that moment in time. A person may test negative but become positive and infectious a couple of hours later.
- Everyone should act as if they are infectious by strictly observing face protection, 2 metre social distancing, hand and other cleaning. Remember to adhere to Government FACTS advice at all times, even in breaks and after work.
- Testing is an extra layer in protecting ourselves and others. Encouraging vaccination, observing FACTS and staying at home unless essential to go out are everyone's responsibility even if tested negative.
- People who have been vaccinated may still be able to spread Covid-19 and therefore should participate in testing if this is available to them.
- Although less than 1 in 100 people without symptoms has Covid-19, detecting those people saves lives. If asked, please get tested.
Survey on Asymptomatic Tesing in the Forth Valley area
We are interested in what you think of having Community Testing in your local area and it would be very helpful if you answered all, or some of the following questions. We are not asking for your name, and don't want you to say anything that might identify you.
Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing kits
From Monday 26th April the Local Testing Site at the Engine Shed will offer the chance to collect Lateral Flow Device (LFD) testing kits to take home in a pack of 7.
There are specific times when the site will switch from PCR Testing to LFD collection, and these are below:
PCR testing – 8:00 to 14:30
LFD collection – 15:30 to 20:00
Local community testing dates
- Cowie Community Centre, Manse Park/Main St, Cowie, FK7 7BL
- Thursday May 20th - Sunday May 23rd.
- Thursday to Saturday 12-6pm.
- Sunday 9am-12pm.
- McLaren Leisure Centre, Mollands Road, Callander, FK18 8JP.
- Thursday June 3rd - Sunday June 6th.
- Thursday to Saturday 12-6pm.
- Sunday 9am-12pm.
Frequently asked questions
What is community testing?
This is testing for people who have no Covid-19 symptoms but who could still be infectious and spreading the virus without knowing it.
What is a lateral flow test?
A lateral flow test is a test which can be completed on-site within 30 minutes. A Lateral Flow Device (LFD) detects the presence or absence of Covid-19 from a swab or saliva sample.
The sample is mixed with a buffer solution, which releases and breaks up virus fragments. Some of the solution is then dropped on to the lateral flow device. The sample runs along the surface of the devices' absorbent strip, showing at the end a visual positive or negative result dependent on the presence of the virus.
Unlike the Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests, a lateral flow test does not need to be sent to a laboratory to be processed. This means test results are available the same day (normally within 30 minutes).
A lateral flow test is used for community testing.
Who can get tested?
Anyone without symptoms can walk in to a community testing centre and get tested. No appointment necessary.
If you have symptoms, a PCR test can be arranged online or by calling 0300 303 2713.
Will I need to take a test?
No. Tests are completely voluntary and there for anyone who may want one. We are hoping that many people will recognise the benefits of getting involved in local testing efforts to reduce the spread of the virus in their communities.
Why should I get tested?
Almost 1 in 3 people who have Covid-19 don't have any of the usual symptoms but are potentially passing the virus on to loved ones, friends and others in the community.
By getting tested you can find out if you are positive, and take immediate action to stop the spread of the virus to others, by self-isolating.
Where can I get tested?
Details of community testing centres are noted above.
Pop-up testing sites are open across Forth Valley. Site locations will be updated on this NHS test finder map.
Do I need to make an appointment to get a test?
No. Community testing centres offer a walk-in service and appointments can't be booked.
How long will a test take?
A test takes only a few minutes to take, and results are returned within 45 minutes
You can wait on-site in our waiting room. You can also wait on-site in your car. Or you can go home and wait on your result being sent to you.
How will I receive my test result?
You will receive your results by text message or you can wait on-site and be told face to face.
What happens if I test positive?
If you test positive you will be asked to isolate that day and asked to complete a follow up PCR test to confirm the results. You must isolate whilst waiting for the results of the PCR test. Self-isolation is the best way to stop Covid-19 and infecting others around you.
We understand how difficult it can be to self-isolate and we want to help you as much as we can. Practical, confidential support is available within the Community Testing Centre to support you and your household if you test positive and need to self-isolate.
We can give you advice on different financial help which is available and help you to access it. As well as access to additional services, such as priority online shopping delivery and pharmaceutical deliveries.
Our Community Support and Information page has further information.
How long should I self-isolate?
You will have to self-isolate for 10 days from a confirmatory PCR test or if you have symptoms.
More information can be found at NHS inform.
If I test positive who are my close contacts?
A close contact is any individual you have been in close contact with in the 48 hours before your test (if not symptomatic) or 48 hours before your symptoms started and until you receive your positive test result – this is known as the "infectious period" when you could pass on the infection.
This would involve all those within your own household and any extended household, if contact was made during that period. In addition, any other individual who meets the criteria of face-to-face contact; within 1 metre for 1 minute, or within 2 metres for 15 minutes or more cumulatively over the infectious period. This may involve colleagues.
It is important that you reduce your close contacts at all times to reduce the number of individuals you could infect.
More information can be found on NHS inform.
I have been identified as a close contact of a positive case but I don't have any symptoms. Can I go back to work if I get a negative test result?
No. If you are identified as a close contact you must self-isolate for the full period of 10 days. This is because it can take up to 10 days to become infected.
If I am off work because I have symptoms, have tested positive or have been identified as a close contact, do I still get paid?
You should speak to your employer about this. Scottish Government has published the Coronavirus (Covid-19): fair work statement that states that:
"No worker should be financially penalised for following medical advice. Any absence relating to Covid-19 should not affect future sick pay entitlement or other entitlements like holiday or accrued time. It should not result in formal attendance related warnings or be accumulated with non-covid related absences in future absence management figures."
The Self-Isolation Support Grant provides £500 for low income workers who are in receipt of Universal Credit or other benefits and will lose earnings as a result of having to self-isolate.
For more information call the National Helpline: 0800 111 4000.
What should I do if I have symptoms?
If you have Covid-19 symptoms – new continuous cough, fever, change in sense of smell or taste - you should NOT attend an asymptomatic testing site (ATS).
Those who are currently self-isolating because they have been identified as a close contact, or those who have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 90 days should also use an ATS.
Do not attend a community testing centre if you have Covid-19 symptoms. If you have symptoms, a PCR test can be arranged online or by calling 0300 303 2713.
What are the opening times of the test centre?
Test Centres are open on week days and weekends until 6pm.
I have already tested positive for Covid-19. Should I get tested again?
If your positive test was less than 90 days ago you should not get tested again, unless you are now displaying Covid-19 symptoms. If your positive test was more than 90 days ago you can get tested again.
I have already tested negative for Covid-19. Should I get tested again?
Yes, if your test was more than a few days ago. The test result is only valid for the day of the test. You could have become infected at any point after that.
I have received the first dose of my vaccination. Should I still get tested?
Yes. The vaccination may not prevent you from spreading any infection.
Support due to Shielding or self isolationIf you, or a member of your household is self isolating due to Coronavirus, or have been asked to ‘shield’ by the Chief Medical Officer, Stirling Council can offer support. This support can include help with shopping, collecting a prescription or offering guidance if you are having difficulties financially. Please complete our online form to apply.
A number of local Community Response Groups have also registered with Stirling Council and are providing invaluable support at a community level.
You can keep track of the latest information on our Community Support network with our fortnightly bulletins.
Please visit our dedicated page for further information or support.
Call 101 if you are concerned about an adult who is not at immediate risk of harm or 999 in an emergency.
Harm reduction services
If you are worried about your own or another person’s substance use please contact Change, Grow Live (CGL) for support on 0808 1962188. If you are concerned about someone else’s drug or alcohol use then Forth Valley Family Support Service (FVFSS) can also help. Call the Family Support Development Officer on 07484024407.
Forth Valley Recovery Community (FVRC) is a community of people committed to supporting recovery from substance use. During this time telephone support will be available via Tom Bennett (07920 234694) or Becky Wood (07920 576375).
Adult Learning & Employability
Face to face contact with individuals is not currently running however staff are continuing to engage regularly with existing customers. There is very limited capacity to take on new clients but contact should be made via telephone (01786 237517) or email and a member of the team will respond.
For support please contact Jonathan Sharp by telephone on 07818 520936. For emergencies please contact Jonathan or the Stirling Council emergency number on 01786 473041. If you require an interpreter please let us know.
English classes have been cancelled. We are trying to find alternatives and will provide updates when this has been agreed.
Level 3 Restrictions
We would like to remind businesses that information on current business support grants, as well as other dedicated business information and advice, is available at the Invest in Stirling website.
This site is kept updated as new schemes become available.